G in Breakthrough equals Gratitude
This the eleventh part of the twelve part series on learning how to Breakthrough to the Next Level.
G in Breakthrough equals Gratitude
Gratitude is much more than a word in my opinion, it is the core for being able to recognize opportunities and possible breakthrough in our life. Meaning our personal and professional life can be heavily influenced by the level of gratitude we use. It is the one thing that can multiple itself during our lifetime and gives us unlimited opportunities.
So what is gratitude and how does it impact your life?
In order to gain a true understanding of gratitude, I began my research by going to wikipedia and looked up the word – gratitude. Here is the first paragraph:
Gratitude, thankfulness, or appreciation is a positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive. The experience of gratitude has historically been a focus of several world religions, and has been considered extensively by moral philosophers such as Adam Smith. The systematic study of gratitude within psychology only began around the year 2000, possibly because psychology has traditionally been focused more on understanding distress rather than understanding positive emotions. However, with the advent of the positive psychology movement, gratitude has become a mainstream focus of psychological research. The study of gratitude within psychology has focused on the understanding of the short term experience of the emotion of gratitude (state gratitude), individual differences in how frequently people feel gratitude (trait gratitude), and the relationship between these two aspects.
There is additional information provided in Wikipedia which I recommend you review, particularly the sections on emotion and motivation. The key point to take from this definition source is the time frame for actual study and research on the topic.
Here are the areas of your life that can be impacted by the use of gratitude:
- Well Being
- Less Stressful
- Personal Satisfaction
This list of impacted areas shows that being grateful can have positive effects upon your life. Let me share an example of how we have experienced this interesting effect. First, let me point out that my partner – Robin – is very tuned in to esoteric concepts and principles. So she got me exploring the virtues of being grateful – opening my eyes to the power of gratitude upon our lives. We then had a natural discussion of being grateful for so many blessings in our lives. Things with little explanation or hard evidence, which occurred with regularity for us.
The latest effect of our expressions of gratitude came from a discussion about local relationships and how we have had excellent relationships through the years. Due to our work we have traveled a great deal over the past decade and had slowly decreased the number of local relationships – especially regarding our business relationships. We needed to revitalize our local business relationships.
An opportunity has come to us due to several related and unrelated events and our problem has been solved. We have a new partner coming on board in January who has remained in the local business market for over three decades. Her relationships in the local business market are extensive and deep. Instant reconnection with the local market. And, we are truly grateful for this occasion to have occurred.
Now will this scene happen for you or anyone else. I can not answer this question. What I do believe is “being grateful for what you receive in life is an important trait in life.”
Gratitude is another choice point in life. You either choose to believe and be grateful or your don’t. Based upon the new (21st century) research, gratitude has an important role in your life. In fact, if more people were aware of it and its power a better world of quality people could emerge.
So how do you activate this world of gratitude? Here are a couple of techniques you can use to activate the gratitude within you.
- Thinking About People – You can think about people that have helped you in the past. Think about how grateful you are for this level of help or assistance you received from this person. What lessons in life did you learn from others? Take a moment, create some quiet time and reflect upon the people that helped you form opinions on life.
- Write About People – Here you can use a journal or a note book where you make entries. Share your thoughts in your notes about encounters and people that shared information, knowledge, or wisdom with you. Share the meaning of what you learned with these often chance encounters and record it for later review.
- Write a Letter Thanking Someone – This one has an amazing effect upon you. I have done this periodically before I knew how important it was. Yet, I will always remember one letter I wrote to my former football coach who was a inspiration to me as a young man. I wrote the letter from my heart, located his whereabouts and mailed him the letter. I have since gotten word that my little note had a very positive impact upon him and why he choose to be a coach for young men. This is a win-win opportunity where I got a chance to give back to someone who was important to me.
I believe that several things I have done during the years to show gratitude or appreciation to others has greatly contributed to the quality of life I have had the opportunity to live. This is a soft skill with hard results upon your life. Live the moment and show gratitude for the good things, learnings in life, and the unrelated things that happen with silver lined lessons. Stay aware of what is going on around you and you will be rewarded.