What are the benefits of adopting an attitude of gratitude?

One of the most transformative tools I’ve adopted in my life, and one that I like to share with others as a Leadership and Personal Development coach, is the use of “Gratitude”.

Over the years I’ve come to understand that when I want to make a shift for the better, regardless of what it may be, it starts on the inside. It begins with a thought, the development of the idea, and so forth. When I am anchored with an “attitude of gratitude” the results are more positive, more productive, more fulfilling. I feel better about my life and what’s going on around me.

There is more and more scientific research being undertaken to substantiate this finding, and the following link, to a very comprehensive article, explains how the emotional connection between our hearts impacts our brains, even at a molecular level.

Scientists Show How Gratitude Literally Alters The Human Heart & Molecular Structure Of The Brain

Adopting the daily practice of “feeling grateful” will not only change your life, the world around you may become more peaceful as well!

Bring it on!

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Happy New Year!

This cartoon reminds me that the New Year will bring to me what I plant in the “garden of life”and I’m pretty sure it will do that same for you.

Plant the seed of your desire by making your intention clear. Then let your willingness grow and blossom!

May 2019 bring you all that you desire!

Things I’ve Learned Along the Way: Stick with it despite the challenges

This brightened my day and made me smile. Why? Because it reminds me to keep on trying despite the challenges that surface in life.

Through experience, I’ve learned when trying something new it almost always feels a bit odd in the beginning, because it is. It’s when we persevere against all odds and keep working on what is most important to us, whether it may be learning to ride a motorcycle, working on a new project or whatever it is that’s burning in our hearts, that success comes into focus.

Take the plunge, make the mistakes, try again, and smile knowing that you are on your way to mastery!

Is fear stopping you in your tracks? This might help.

Over the years this video has turned up in my social media feed. For me, it’s a perfect reminder not to let fear get in the way of living my life fully.

When self doubt creeps in, as it tends to do from time to time, it’s easy to step back and not take the critical first step. Opportunities are missed, dreams remain dreams, and life closes in.

My experience is that fear is elusive. When I face it head on, it dissolves and some of life’s richest moments are on the other side.

I hope this short clip inspires you to take that first step. Feel the fear and do it anyway!

Facing fear

Are you looking for the secret to life? Change your thoughts and it changes your life

Recently a young lady I know had an incredible realization. Despite having received some difficult news, she was able to change her thinking. Instead of her usual reaction of getting bummed out about it, she went for a walk and thought about all of the things that were going right in her life. In that moment, she realized that she was on to something.

The secret that is often overlooked: Our thoughts generate our feelings; what we feel drives our actions; and our actions define who we are and who we ultimately become.

The simple practice of changing our thoughts and adopting an “attitude of gratitude” is a powerful way to take back our lives.

Things I’ve learned along the way: Recognizing the value others bring to the Wold Game

As I navigate my way through life, I’ve come to recognize the importance of valuing the perspective of others.

Each of us brings a unique perspective to the World Game through our work and in our personal lives.  Taking time to listen, learn and appreciate the views and ideas held by others, it expands my sometimes limited view.  It creates space and opens my mind to alternative approaches.    It allows me to recognize that each person’s unique viewpoint has the possibility of setting the works on fire.

By valuing others, it opens my mind and creates space for an alternative approach. Over time, it opens up new possibilities that may have otherwise been missed or overlooked. Most of all, it allows me to embrace and appreciate others for who they are, I come to value and appreciate their contribution to the World Game!

Embrace the day

Sometimes it’s difficult to see the silver lining in some of what life sends our way, but when we look closely it’s always there.  Seek the simple pleasures and celebrate them for that’s where joyfulness is found.

Embrace the day, and all that it offers.