The Amazing Effect of Gratefulness
Hey, guys and girls. What's up? Thanks for reading this article. Your attention means the world to me. I just shot some videos here in my studio, and I ended my last video by saying, "I am grateful for you." As I wrapped up the video, I thought, I'm not done yet. I'm going to push record one more time and remind you of something. Because we do need to be reminded again as though it was the first time. That is the extreme weight and value that gratitude brings into your life.
When I meet people that are successful, I'm convinced one of the most common themes they have is gratitude. When I find people that are happy, I am convinced that one of the greatest themes in their life is gratefulness. When I find someone that is content when things around them aren't going right, and I talk to them, I find out that internally they are grateful. When I meet someone that just has so many connections, I'm like, how are you so well connected? I find that they lead with gratefulness. When I find someone that can raise funds and donations for their nonprofit, and I'm like, how do you do that? I find out that they are extremely grateful, and they lead with gratefulness.
Are you getting the theme? I'm telling you, friend, I want this for you. I want this for me. I want you to be so ramped up on gratefulness that it impacts every day of your life.
Does that mean everything goes right? No. That is happiness. Happiness is based on my happenings. If I just want to be happy, happy, happy, I'm setting myself up for disappointment because things don't always happen the way I want them to happen. But gratefulness comes from within. Happiness comes from happenings without. Gratefulness comes from within.
How can I not be grateful when I look at all of the blessings in my life? How can I not be grateful looking at the freedoms that I have, the health that God has given me, the people that live inside of my home, and the opportunities that God places in front of me every day? I can do nothing but be grateful.
Gratefulness: it will drive you forward. It will push you; it will keep you going when others think, "why aren't you quitting." Gratefulness, gratefulness, gratefulness: it makes all the difference in the world.
Because of what God is doing in me and how God has wired me, my gratefulness has nothing to do with you. A lot of times, we get into doubt because we start comparing ourselves to each other. I compare my ministry to someone else's ministry. I compare my car to someone else's car, my vacation to someone else's vacation, my clothes to someone else's clothes. I compare my life scenario to their life scenario, my Twitter account or Instagram to their Twitter account or Instagram. When I begin comparing myself to others, I'm going to get in a slump.
Here's the deal: I can be grateful. Listen, I can wish you the best, and you can succeed in areas where I am weak. You can shine in areas I am not shining. I can cheer you on, and I can be grateful for you in the process.
Here's a little activity before I wrap up and finish this article today. Think about what you can be grateful for today. I talk a lot about eating the frog first. Mark Twain said that if you eat a live frog first thing every morning, nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. Here's a live frog for you, friend. Live frogs are difficult things, but they're important things. They are those most important things you have to do before you do anything else. This is what I want for you today. I want you to think about what can you be grateful for. Think about what kind of systems you can put in place every day to remind you to be grateful.
That's what I've done. Listen, I wake up everyday and I spend time praying for needs. I spend time thanking God for what I'm grateful for. I spend time dreaming about what's coming that day and what's coming in the weeks and months to come. That brings such a huge amount of gratitude in my life. Getting in a habit of doing that every day and really getting good with the fact that my gratefulness is not based upon my circumstances, that's happiness. Gratefulness comes from within.
Listen, it's a game changer. I want that for you. I want that for me. Let me end this by reminding you again how grateful I am for you. Thank you for what you do in your community, in your church, and in your family. I know none of us are perfect, none of us have arrived, but you're trying and you're growing. I don't want you to stop. So, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Let's be grateful. Let's do our best to live today, this week, and in the weeks to come in a mindset of a life habit of being grateful.
Your #1 fan,