With Thanksgiving approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss a defining characteristic of successful people. I’ve found that successful and joyous people are usually very skilled at counting their blessings. They focus on what’s right about their life instead of what’s wrong.
Why is this important?
It goes back to the incredibly simple but undeniably profound thought expressed in Earl Nightingale’s great album The Strangest Secret. He said that “you become what you think about all day long.” If you think about that, you’ll realize it’s true- the dominant thoughts that live in your mind will definitely manifest themselves in your life. Nightingale was certainly not the first or the only one to express this thought, either. It’s been reflected in most of the great wisdom literature throughout the ages.
The Book of Proverbs says “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” William James, the father of 20th century American psychology said that “if you change a person’s thoughts you change their Life”. There are countless quotes and examples that tell us the same thing- the things we dwell on mentally are what we attract into our lives. So when you learn to consciously focus on the things you are thankful for, you get more of them!
Above all, keep in mind what Thanksgiving is really all about- giving thanks. When you focus on the things you are thankful for, you attract more of them into your Life.
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Written with love.