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2012 a year of gratitude
I would love to be richer. Who doesn’t want that? It seems that the more I try the less it comes. The more I chase the more it runs away. I’ve decided to name this year a year of gratitude for me. 2012 is the year I make the conscious effort to be grateful for all that I have. I will make sure I’m fully aware and stop myself when I slide back down the road of negativity.
Tall order I know, but I’ve decided to do this as an experiment. At the beginning of this article I said I wanted to be richer. But everything I’ve tried getting there has only made it less so. So I want to try something totally different and see what happens.
It is said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This makes total sense to me. I’ve whined and complained about not having enough and yet expect different results. ‘Madness indeed!’ So 2012 I’m changing focus from the whining attitude to making it a year of giving thanks.
There’s a website I came across stevepavilina.com that talks about this in more detail. He talks about how being grateful for the small things allows the universe to provide more for you. This makes sense because if you are not grateful for the little you have why would the universe give you more.
Also in the Law of Attraction, Abraham- Hicks states that if you want to see different results in your life, change your story. My story for the past few years has been, Life’s too expensive, I can’t afford that, the credit crunch is affecting me etc. So of course I will get more of the story I’m telling. The more you tell the same story, you release the same emotions each time and live out the same drama. No wonder I’m exhausted beating the same drum of lack and doubt.
So I’m changing my story to one of gratitude. I can honestly be grateful for a lot of things. But because my main focus this year is financial, I’m going to be grateful for every penny. Steve Pavilina shares an exercise on his website that he does regularly with his daughter. They make a game of finding coins while they take a walk. The winner of the game is the person who finds the most coins. At first his daughter couldn’t find any coins but soon she learns to switch her focus from seeing bottle tops and other things and begins to notice coins. This story is key to my life in so many ways. I think too many times we look for the big dollars instead of starting with the pennies. If we change our mind set and what we focus on, we will begin to notice the pennies when they do come into our lives.
So back to gratitude, a good example is with my work. Like me, you might think, it’s only a few coins. I’ve done this a lot with regards to my books and my writing these pages and my blogs. I would think – it’s only thirty five cents, but now I say thank you because I’m thirty five cents richer than I was yesterday.
The universe will only give more of what we are grateful for. So everyday this whole year I will give thanks. It beats moaning and complaining about what I don’t have. Have you noticed that no matter how much you complain about something it really doesn’t make much of a difference? The situation still remains the same and the only thing that has been lost is valuable energy that could’ve been used for something more creative? It’s crazy, now that I think about it. But have you noticed that when you are grateful you feel positive energy? So which is better? Feeling lousy or feeling positive? I’ll go with giving thanks since feeling lousy hasn’t done me any good.
So here’s to 2012, a year that will be filled with great things. A year of giving thanks filled with positive energy.