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Gratitude and Persuasion

Apr 29, 2008
"It is necessary, then, to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude." -Wallace D. Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich or Financial Success Through Creative Thought

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." -Melodie Beattie

Why is gratitude important? When we are grateful for what we have, we draw more things to us to be grateful for.

At the end of each of my coaching club calls, I suggest my students all pause daily to go over all of the things in their lives that they are grateful for. This isn't something that should be expressed only on Thanksgiving or as a weekly Sunday prayer, but needs to be integrated into your daily lives, permeating all of our interactions.

Expressing our gratitude to loved ones and friends need not be limited to receiving gifts or favors, but taking deep looks at our lives and realizing how truly lucky we are.

I think on this every night and every day. I have a huge list of things to be grateful for, as do all of us: family, friends, colleagues, students, employees, health, financial success, future successes and advancements. I am grateful when it rains (and here in the Pacific Northwest it rains a lot) because I know that's part of why the area is so lush and fruitful. I am grateful when the sun comes out (because, as I mentioned above, here in the Pacific Northwest it rains A LOT).

My gratitude extends to simple things as well as complex. As I go throughout the day, I stop to consider the struggles I've endured, challenges I've overcome and lessons that have made me who I am today and I am grateful for the things I've accomplished because they have brought me to where I am in life.

There are going to be times when being grateful isn't easy -- times that are trying or difficult. Maybe your health is bad. Your body isn't working the way it should. Instead of cursing it for what it can't do, be grateful for what it can.

I love this old Irish proverb, 'Count your joys instead of your woes; count your friends instead of your foes.' It's all in where we place our focus. It's all in what we choose to highlight and what we choose to minimize.

When you begin to take notice of all that is good in your life and have a mental accounting of all the positive things, you will turn your life around.
About the Author
Kenrick Cleveland teaches techniques to earn the business of affluent clients using persuasion. He runs public and private seminars and offers home study courses and coaching programs in persuasion techniques.
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