We’ve all done it, having that feeling of success when you achieve a goal and we feel instantly grateful for those that helped us get there. But, then shortly after, as the success continues, or even goes the other way in some cases, we forget the grateful part. There are so many opportunities to be grateful each and every day and so many reasons to do so. For one thing, people around you will be happier and much more willing to spend time with you. You’ll also be happier yourself and have a more positive attitude. You’ll also find that everyone is more willing to help you when they know that you’re grateful for everything that you have and everything that you receive.
People Who Feel Entitled
You have probably encountered people who feel entitled. They somehow believe that they deserve to have success without working for it, even though all of the other successful people in the world have had to work their butts off to get where they are. These people are always negative, they whine and complain about any work that they have to do and believe that the world should be handed to them on a silver platter. If you are one of these people, just stop! If you know people like that make sure you avoid ever falling into that trap because it is a pit of negativity that is very difficult to crawl out of. Trust me, been there, done that, fell on my face… hard… I had one business that took off fast and then after a while I just kind of expected things to continue to go right all the time and business to just fall into my lap, so I didn’t do my part and started slacking in marketing and the business collapsed, well 2008 didn’t help either, but it is what it is. I have now learned to be grateful for any business I get and any money I make. It seems to keep coming, not always how I would like, but usually always how I need.
Then there are the entitled customers. We have all dealt with those. At least I have in my years of doing business as well as spending years in customer service whether in food service or in tech support, especially tech support. Let’s just get this out there once and for all… The customer is NOT always right! Haha. Sorry to burst your bubble folks, but you are not always right. So you need to be more grateful that you have someone on the other end of the phone that is trying and willing to help you, but you have to let your guard down, be more grateful for the assistance and let the person try to help.
Be Grateful for Your Opportunities
Be thankful for the opportunities that you have. If you live in a developed country, think of all the people around the world who don’t have the opportunities that you have. Think of people who not only don’t have access to the internet and the ability to start their own business online, but they don’t even have access to clean water or electricity. The opportunity to build a business and achieve that much success is nothing to be scoffed at. If you have that opportunity, you are a very lucky person and you should be grateful for it.
Also, you should be grateful for the teachers that you have in the information that you’re able to acquire, from the internet or whatever sources you are using. You should be grateful for the teachers that you have, that they have the knowledge to teach and that they are willing to teach you.
There actually are successful people out there who don’t subscribe to this particular thought model, instead taking the approach that the more people they shared the secret of their success with, the more competition there will be, which will apparently somehow devalue their own success, even if it’s not the same industry. However, most successful people are really grateful for those who help them get where they are today.
Practice Being Grateful until You Get it Perfect
It’s okay if you don’t feel that you’re at the point where you can be very grateful. Like anything else, being grateful takes practice. You might actually have to think hard about what you have to be grateful for when it comes to your online business, or you may have to wait until you actually do have something to be grateful for. The point is, start changing the way that you think. This grateful attitude goes along with everything else in this book. You are just being grateful because you should, you’re being grateful because it changes you as a person; it makes you a better person and it magnifies your success.
Start a Gratitude Journal
One of the things that you can do to become better at being grateful is to start a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal is when you sit down at the end of the day and write down some of the things that you’re grateful for. You can use your computer, you can use a piece of paper and a pen or even a smart phone app if you prefer. Just as long as you spend a little time each day thinking about what you have to be thankful for, writing it down and using it to further your success. This is something that I have had to start recently and has really made a difference in the way I think and has really helped lower my stress levels. For me, I like to keep my journal private, but for others, you may use your blog or your Hive posts to start a gratitude journal. Doing that on Hive would solidify your gratitude forever on the blockchain, haha.
Ways That You Can Show Your Gratitude
One of the things that you can do to give back is use whatever assets that you have gained from being successful to help someone else. If you’re an Amazon affiliate, and you’re getting your first check from Amazon for just over $100, if you can afford it, donated to charity, or take it down to your local soup kitchen to help buy groceries or even outsource some of the things that you need for your business so that other people can make money too. It’s the whole pay-it-forward kind of mindset. But don’t get me wrong, if you need the money, you need the money. It can be as simple as giving $5 to someone on the street in need.
If you can show the world that you’re grateful, the world will keep giving you opportunities and information to help you be successful. It sounds hokey, like some sort of new age philosophy, but it truly is the way this thing works and if you talk to anyone who has achieved a decent level of success they will tell you that positive attitude, gratefulness and a willingness to learn are all keys to success.
Good luck in everything you do! I am grateful for you reading this post! Have a great day!