An Attitude of Gratitude

mary_billerbeckWhile many in the United States are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, others around the world don’t share this same holiday. However, we can universally give thanks and celebrate every day through gratitude. I like to call it an “Attitude of Gratitude”

Some years ago, I remember a time when I felt like everything in my life was falling apart. I found myself thinking in scarcity about all the success or things that I didn’t have and it felt hard to appreciate the good things in my life. But, on occasion, I did linger in the state of appreciation and I realized how much better I felt, how my day seemed to flow with ease and how my much bigger smile seemed to be contagious.

The more I maintained that present and peaceful state of appreciation, the easier it was to practice it and that’s how my breakthrough occurred- through the personal and daily practice of mindful gratitude.

For me, changing my negative mental attitude from that of scarcity and lack to one of positivity, abundance and gratitude resulted in a completely different lifestyle both personally and professionally. When I changed my mindset and practiced gratitude I went from being in massive debt, in bad relationships and feeling hopeless about my life to loving my life, making great money, meeting my husband and starting a successful business coaching female entrepreneurs in their businesses.

Here are 5 tips that have helped me release my scarcity mentality and become more positive and abundant:

  • Write in a gratitude journal. In the morning after waking or before going to bed, write down 3-5 positive experiences you are grateful for that day. Alternatively, write down what you’re grateful for at the end of the week.
  • Express verbal gratitude. Verbally expressing what you are thankful for and what you currently have quickly releases any negativity that you might be holding onto. Expressing verbal gratitude towards others also creates a mindset of positivity. Gratitude puts us in touch with a feeling of love and abundance. Where love and abundance resides, fear and scarcity and other negative emotions cannot.
  • Show respect to those around you. Treat others with the same level of courtesy you expect to receive: Smile, show kindness, exhibit patience, and listen.
  • Cultivate a healthy lifestyle. Being grateful can help you be and stay healthy. Get enough sleep, drink enough water, eat nutritiously, exercise and take care of your body, get out and enjoy nature, mediate to quiet your mind and your body.
  • Practice being Mindful. By being in the moment you are making it impossible for your brain to race ahead and worry or plan for the future, or become bogged down in the past. This is one way of practicing thankfulness, because you are immersing yourself in the present and acknowledging the importance of the “now”.

Implementing an attitude of gratitude and being thankful will help you to connect to the abundance and love in your life. Practicing gratitude and being thankful on a daily basis will help to sustain the abundance and love in your life.

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate” ~Oprah

Mary Billerbeck is a money coach who helps female entrepreneurs: attain emotional peace with money, charge what they are worth, and create a profitable business that they love so that they can enjoy their lives to the fullest and live the life of their dreams.” She can be reached at: mary@financiallyfitliving.com or www.financiallyfitliving.com.