Gratitude is a powerful process for shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want into your life. Be grateful for what you already have and you will attract more good things. ~ The Secret, Rhonda Byrne

Gratitude is a simple concept – it’s all about taking the time to acknowledge the wonderful things in your life and truly appreciate them. When was the last time you stopped and did this? If you’re like many of us, you may not even be able to remember!

Practicing gratitude is vital step in inviting more of the good stuff into our lives. We spend so much of our time wishing for things to be better or wondering what’s next that it’s really easy to overlook the blessings that are right in front of us.

It doesn’t have to be this way. I’m going show you why practicing an attitude of gratitude is the real secret to achieving your desires and creating a life of abundance.

What can practicing gratitude do for me?

Once we begin to appreciate and be grateful for what we already have we attract more love, joy, happiness, health, and wealth into our lives. Gratitude has the power to strengthen our relationships.

When was the last time you thanked your partner, spouse, child or friend for something that they did for you? Or do you just constantly nag them about all the things they got wrong and completely dismiss what went well? Start to show gratitude to those around you for the things they do for you and watch the magic happen. They’ll feel great, you’ll feel great and your life will be all the richer for it.

Be grateful for the challenging moments in your life too. These are opportunities to grow through learning valuable life lessons. Remaining grateful through trying times not only builds resilience, it also strengthens your faith.

In his book Think Like A Success, Act Like A Success, Steve Harvey illustrates this point when he says even a homeless man living under the bridge has something to be grateful for. The cardboard box and the bridge he takes shelter under shield him from the wind and cold.

The 4 steps in learning how to practice gratitude

I’ve showed you how important gratitude is in your life. I recommend following the steps below to get yourself into the habit of an attitude of gratitude:

  1. Address the mental chatter: there is a definite relationship between our thoughts and our moods. Go ahead and think about all of the things you’re grateful for in your life right now. Try to feel negativity while you’re thinking about these things. I bet you can’t do it … thinking thoughts of gratitude leaves no room for pessimism or self-sabotage.

  2. Train your mind: start small by zipping your lip when you’re about to complain. I know it’s hard and there’s always going to be days you feel like cursing everyone to you-know-where but that’s ok. The next hour is a new hour and tomorrow is a new day.

  3. Tune in: while you are going through your day, be aware of what’s around you. Reflect on your everyday moments from the smile your child throws you as he’s leaving for school or the cup of coffee your spouse pours for you as you rush around the kitchen packing lunches. You will soon discover you have so much more to be grateful for than you realized.

  4. Capture it: spend some time each day writing down 3 things you are grateful for that day. Allow yourself to feel the joy and love that comes from reliving those moments. Let it fill your heart and soul.

By following these steps, you will begin to appreciate and being grateful for what you do have. In doing so, will open the door to more …  now just imagine that!

Come on! Start living the attitude of gratitude now. Let’s see where it takes you.