Thanksgiving is the time of year when we gather around with friends and family and express thanks for everything from mashed potatoes to BFFs. Life is full of many things to be thankful for.
Gratitude, on the other hand, is an attitude that you already are or already have what you desire in your life. Huh? Now, I know you have either heard someone say or you’ve said it “I am so grateful for _____” and thought it was some crap they just dreamed up. Especially if their life was full of some sh*t or another. Why are they so damn happy?
Well you have also probably heard the expression “fake it ‘til you make it”. Stating affirmations is a method to train your brain to accept or allow what it is you are stating. Say for example, you want a new job that suits your skills and has better pay and benefits. Your affirmation could be “I am grateful for my new job that showcases my talents and provides for me with abundance in all forms.” Start by saying it every day, maybe while you are driving to your current not-so-fun job. I know it sounds silly, but seriously, it works.
Affirmations literally open up new pathways in your brain. When you stop focusing on what you Do Not want, and instead focus on what you DO want – by stating the affirmation – you will actually create what you are wanting. And most likely something better if you don’t put exact conditions in your affirmation. The Universe is smarter and more generous than you. If you don’t worry about The What and The When, surprises will turn up in your life. You might hear of a job opening that fits you perfectly. And maybe the “something better” is that it is five minutes away from your house.
So just try it: “I am grateful for ___” and watch the magic happen.