Are you missing out on your present?

An attitude of gratitude

The way we think determines the way we feel about our lives. If we constantly keep listing the things we don’t want, we attract more of them. Why? Because of the way the law of attraction works. The more you focus your energy on something, the more you have of that thing. But, in most cases, we focus on what we don’t want. How do you stay motivated, if you only focus on the negative?

We need to understand that when it comes to attracting things, the universe doesn’t recognize negation. You keep focusing on it, so that’s what you will get. The universe will even ‘think’ that it helped you get what you wanted. Except it didn’t. So, why not help the universe by being specific?

Sure, you were specific enough when you said ‘I don’t want more debt’, or ‘I want to lose weight’, but what kind of energy did you send out? Let’s try this another way, shall we? What happens if we say something positive instead, like ‘I want to be healthier’ or ‘I want to be prosperous’. There is a huge difference here.

But changing our negative attitude into something positive isn’t enough. It’s just the first step we need to take in order to change our lives for the better. The second step is probably even harder and scarier than this one was.

How many times did you reminisce about the past, having this idea of ‘what if’, or ‘could have been’? We tend to live in the past, regretting our decisions, or wishing we did things differently. But why worry about it if we can’t change what happened? We can’t go back in time and erase the past, we can only use it as a stepping stone.

Then there are those times when we worry about our future, because it’s the great and scary unknown. Well, if we don’t know what will happen, why worry about it? It might never come to pass, right? And we don’t have control over it anyway.

By worrying about our past and future, we lose track of all the things we have right now. There is always something to be grateful for. We are extremely rich in many ways, even if we don’t have money. We need to realize that wealth comes in many ways, shapes, and forms. It can be the sound of your cat purring contentedly, or the way your partner’s hand feels tucked away in yours.

Safety. Love. Health.

These are all things we can be grateful for. Things we should be grateful for. And yes, there will be days when all you can find to be grateful for is a nice flower, or the ability to get out of bed that morning. It doesn’t matter how tiny or big that gratitude is, it sends out a completely different vibe towards the universe.

If you are grateful for what you have, the universe will respond in kind. Because you changed your focus and your energy, it will give you more – but this time, you will receive more of the things you are grateful for. More love, more health, more safety, and so on. Just think about how light that feels.

I was once told that if you say something out loud, it either feels light in your heart, which means it’s true and good for you, or it makes your stomach clench, if it’s bad. How does ‘I don’t want more debt’ feel? How does ‘I am grateful for all I have’ feel? Where do you feel it?

An attitude of gratitude always feels lighter, and once you manage to achieve that, your life will change for the better. It might not happen straight away, and you might need to start with the small things, but if you have faith in yourself, everything becomes possible.

Let me wrap this article up with an inspirational quote from William James:

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. “