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Gratitude – Fuel for Your Success Journey By Josh Hinds

If you’ve been on your own personal development journey for any amount of time you’ve undoubtedly met with some challenges along the way. Challenges aren’t a bad thing. They can certainly be difficult, but provided we are willing to accept it as part of the process, they can bring forth some pretty awesome opportunities from which to grow and become better for having experienced them.

Again, it’s not about things being easy, it’s about working through whatever you happen to be facing, and ultimately accepting that you will emerge better and more prepared as a result of having overcome or worked through whatever given adversities you’ve had to deal with.

Gratitude — a source of fuel to move you forward during the difficult times…

I found the following definition of gratitude: “a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation”

While that definition is a good start, I think gratitude is so much more than that. Particularly when we begin to explore all the different ways it can serve us.

Something magical happens when you and I take the time to recount all the things we have to be thankful for in our lives. The past, present, and even the hopes we have for the future.

First, a sense of gratitude allows us to reconnect with our past achievements. This can serve as a powerful reminder that in-spite of whatever doubts we may have about our abilities in the present moment, we are capable of reaching whatever destination we desire for ourselves. That is to say that we can change our circumstances and lot in life to a more desirable one.

The proof is found in the very fact that in the past we have done so, and as such we are more than capable of doing so again. Looking back on, and reconnecting with positive experiences and past achievements as you can see is a particularly powerful way to go about providing fuel for your current goals and dreams.

If you will accept the ideas above to be true then the question inevitably becomes what is the best way to go about expressing gratitude in your day to day life. The answer, to put it bluntly is to express it however it most feels right to you!

Since I don’t know what that is in your unique situation I’ll have to settle on showing you some of the ways I go about it on a daily basis. Before I do so, please keep in mind what I often say, “personal development is a hands on project”, which is to say that other people’s ideas are great, but you should be looking for ways to adapt and make whatever ideas you want to try your own.

Don’t assume that something doesn’t work because it isn’t a fit for you. While at the same time, don’t assume something is wrong with you because a particular idea isn’t right for you. It’s not about right or wrong. It’s about adapting what works into your life, and giving yourself permission to kick to the curb whatever doesn’t happen to resonate with you.

Now that I’ve gotten that rather long disclaimer out of the way, as promised here are some of the ideas I use to allow gratitude to work in my life.

1. Upon waking up I begin running through my mind various things I’m thankful for. Inevitably one thing, person, or event will lead to another. This is a very laid back experience, all the while I’m trying to remain in the moment, but not forcing it. If I find my mind moving onto other thoughts or ideas I’ll gently bring myself back to this simple exercise.

When I do this, almost immediately I can see my current state perk up a bit — and I take on a more positive outlook. I find it a simple, yet highly effective way to start my day off on the right foot. I believe you will as well!

2. Throughout the day, I like to write down and record what I call my “daily wins”. It’s worth pointing out that these aren’t always monumental achievements. In fact, to the outside observer many of the accomplishments which get written down might appear down right mundane.

The point of the exercise mentioned above is to remind myself of something I discovered a long time ago. That being, the idea that what it takes to meet with success in virtually any endeavor requires a lot of little accomplishments along the way.

When I’m speaking to groups I’ll often say that the path to “success” is paved with more than its share of boring moments. Meaning that contrary to popular opinion, when one looks back on a worthwhile accomplishment, there’s rarely one particular event with which they can credit being totally responsible for having allowed them to reach the pinnacle of success.

Rather, if we’re honest with ourselves we would likely have to agree that more often then not it’s a matter of doing those tasks, day in and day out which were required of us. The journey, you see, takes many forms. Certainly at times things are fast paced and exciting, but at others persistence and stick-to-itness are required.

If you’re not already tracking your day to day achievements I’d strongly encourage you to get started. The benefits of doing so are many, not the least of which is that you’ll have a trail to look back and read over when you find yourself feeling as though you’re not quite as plugged into your dream as you wish you were. You’ll have proof positive that you’re making progress right in front of you. Then, at the end of each day as you look through your list of “wins” you can take a moment to be grateful.

3. Take a walk and literally recite out loud to yourself all the things, people, and experiences for which you have to be grateful for. I have to give credit to my colleague, friend, and fellow speaker & author Jon Gordon for this idea.

While I had actually been doing this for a long time prior to first hearing Jon mention it, he deserves credit for putting the name “gratitude walk” to it, and in turn helping to validate in my mind that it was a worthwhile thing to do (and that no matter what my neighbors who happened to see me talking to myself might think, I wasn’t actually nuts for doing so. ha ha :-)).

It sounds like a simple idea, but I would challenge you to give it a try. If you will do so, I believe that in relatively short order you’ll find it to be a welcome addition to your routine.

As I’ve illustrated above, expressing gratitude is a powerful thing. It can literally change your state from one in which you may be feeling doubt towards one of hope, and a sense of literally being filled with encouragement. It can put you in a mode to accept the good that surrounds all of us, while acting as a sort of shield from the part of our minds that wants to seek out and look for the negatives in life. Give a few of the ideas above a try. If you have other ideas which work for you I would appreciate it if you would share them!

It’s your life, LIVE BIG!
Josh Hinds

– What are your thoughts on the ideas above? What are some ways you go about expressing gratitude? Please share your thoughts and feedback in the comments below.

PS. Josh is the author of “Why Perfect Timing is a Myth”, a motivational audio program designed to help you live your best life! Get your copy of Josh’s motivational audio CD.

Your Good Deeds Make Their Way Back To You By Josh Hinds

Just for today find someone to encourage and inspire to reach their full potential. What you put out in the world will inevitably make its way back to you. I’m the first to admit that when we are experiencing particularly hard times this appears to be the farthest thing from the truth.

However, there are any number of reasons this is true, the simplest of which can be explained in that people as a general rule like to associate with, gravitate towards, and yes, when they’re in a position to do so make the choice to work with, and hire those people who have an upbeat and positive attitude — and who look for the good in situations.

As you move through your day today keep the following saying in mind, “life’s like a boomerang, the more good you throw out, the more you receive in return.”

To prove the truth in the ideas shared above, carry a little journal around, keep track of how many times your “good deeds” make their way back to you in the course of a month or two.

Don’t go into this little exercise looking to prove it wrong, or more than likely that’s precisely what you’ll end up doing.

Remember, more often than not we get exactly what we focus on, whether that’s a good thing or not depends at least to some degree on what you and I go looking for and take notice of in life.

It’s your life, LIVE BIG!
Josh Hinds

On Creating The Life You Want Through Your Actions By Josh Hinds

I hope you find the following quote & picture inspiring. As was once wisely said, “all else fails without first action.” I hope you will give some thought to the words in the quote below. As you move through your day, look for ways to adapt the main idea and remember that the actions you take, as well as don’t take act upon go into what you get out of life’s adventure.

The quote below reads: A day will never be anymore than what you make of it. Practice being a “doer”! — Josh S. Hinds

Be a Doer Quote image By Josh Hinds

The Multiplying Power of Encouragement By Josh Hinds

Find someone to encourage. Of all the gifts you possess truly one of the greatest is the ability to build up and
help another person to do the best they can.

An interesting thing happens when you give of this special gift — much in the same way a magnet works, you begin to pull into your life people, opportunities and life experiences of a positive nature.

To better understand this, consider the wise words which state simply, yet profoundly: “You reap what you sow”. In short, what you put out to the world makes its way back to you. My friend, if you’ll concede that there’s truth in that wouldn’t it make sense to be proactive when it comes to looking for ways to encourage others? I think so!

Going forward begin to look at your life as though you are an artist with the ability to paint on your canvas a magnificent masterpiece. While this in itself is incredible — consider that you also have the added advantage of literally being able to start a new work of art at will.

In the moment you find yourself on a path which doesn’t serve you, you can choose to course correct. You have the ability to succeed at whatever you desire. Let go of the broken idea that it has to happen overnight in order to be deemed a success.

Take joy in your achievement journey, knowing that as long as you stay in the game, and allow yourself to learn the lessons which can be gleaned from any challenges which may pop up along the way you will reach your intended destination.

You were made for greatness — believe it and live your life with an outlook of exploration and a willingness to let your gifts and talents flow.

It’s your life, LIVE BIG! Josh Hinds