Cultivate an attitude of gratitude

For several weeks now, I have been asking the question: are there tried and true, timeless, unchanging principles that, if you understand and apply, success must follow? My answer was: yes! OK, so what are they? The first principle is: there is no such thing as a neutral thought. You are an infinitely creative being and what you have been given to create with is your mind. Every thought you have gets planted in the fertile soil of creativity and produces a result.

The second principle is: your emotions are the fuel that waters the soil. What I call happy, joyful, optimistic and abundant feelings are like putting fertilizer on the soil and what I call unhappy, angry, fearful and scarcity-based feelings are like putting acid on the soil.

If life is that simple, and I assure you it is, how come we're not all living the lives of our dreams? In previous blogs, I've focused on the problems. Now it's time to focus on what you can do, starting today, to play the games of life and business to win:

Given the second principle, it is critically important that you control your emotions, but hardly anyone does that. We have been conditioned to believe that our joy, happiness and satisfaction come from the circumstances of life. So we constantly look at those circumstances to determine our attitude. The result is we are like a weather vane blowing in the wind. When we ”like" our circumstances, we are happy. When we don't "like" them, we are not.

The consequences of this behavior is that one minute we're watering the soil containing our dreams and the next minute we're pouring acid on the soil. There is no way your hopes and dreams can become a reality under these circumstances. Here's what you have to understand: no successful person allows the circumstances to dictate their attitude. Successful people choose their attitude and bring it to the circumstances. See the difference?

I have a very successful friend, actually several. What they all have in common is that they are excited and happy pretty much all the time. Life is this great adventure they are participating in and they can't seem to wait to see the next exciting event on the journey. When they face challenges, they don't let them get them down, they view them as the next great opportunity to become more of who they are meant to be.

So if you want to be successful in life and business, you must choose your attitude. Choose to be happy. Choose to be satisfied. Choose to be grateful. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. You'll be much more successful and have a lot more fun on the way to wherever it is you want to go.