Attitude of Gratitude

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What can you thank for today?

Thank God it’s the computer in front of me so that I can vent my thoughts. And what would I do without the comfortable bed I’ll be lying in tonight and the many books on the shelf that develop my imagination and gave birth to many of my writings?

After putting these questions I start thinking about the classes at the university I have in a few hours and the gym workout I’ll do after that.
I appreciate the fact that my parents gave me the chance to get a decent education and completely realize that many others want that but can’t have it.
I’m also thankful for having a healthy body I can work on and feel sorry for the people who want to practice sports but don’t have the physical ability.

Then I close the site on my laptop I last visited and smile when I see the picture on the desktop. It’s from my last trip to Italy.

I have all that and I’m grateful. Compared to what some people have, it’s nothing. But compared to what others have – it’s everything.

I’m not bragging, not at all. I’m just pointing out the first things I saw around me that many of us have and take for granted.

This way I want to show you that everyone has so many things to thank for, so many people to appreciate and many more reasons to be happy.

Most of what I’ve just listed, though, is rather material and even though it’s not much, not everyone is lucky enough to have it.

So the post you are reading is for them. And for those who have enough. And for the people who have everything but don’t appreciate it.

Below you will see a list of reasons to be grateful for every day and I hope everyone who reads it, will relate himself to it.

Even if you don’t have money, a comfortable bed, loving parents, the perfect job, free time, the body you desire, etc., you still have more than you realize.

And I advise you to thank for it, accept it and use it, because success comes to those who first appreciate what they already have, so that they can embrace what the future has in store for them.

Here is what we all have and can do:

  1. Opportunities without number;
  2. The ability to set goals, achieve them and improve ourselves constantly;
  3. A chance to make friends, build meaningful relationships and have a family;
  4. We can believe in whatever we want;
  5. We can choose who to become;
  6. We can get familiar with and good at every subject, science, business area or profession we are interested in;
  7. We can work and get promoted;
  8. We can have a hobby and practice it freely;
  9. We can inspire and change other people’s lives;
  10. We can have an idea and turn it into something big and prosperous;
  11. We can travel the world or just go to a country with a completely different culture from ours and never come back;
  12. We are free to create, explore, invent and thus contribute to the society;
  13. We can be in a good shape and look great if we decide to invest time and effort in our appearance;
  14. We can enjoy nature and its benefits;
  15. We can dedicate ourselves to a certain point of view, religion, idea or else;
  16. We can learn foreign languages and communicate with people from other countries;
  17. We can earn money and spend them on whatever we want;
  18. We can join different social groups, organizations and gatherings and express our opinion;
  19. In many situations we can speak up, act  and change the outcome;
  20. Whatever happens, we can smile, accept it and even laugh about it;
  21. We can overcome every hardship, get over the sorrow and conquer fear.
  22. Our time is in our control, only we can decide how to use it;
  23. We are in possession of the greatest tool ever known – our mind – and we have the chance to do miracles with it.

So instead of comparing yourself to others and desiring what they have, concentrate on the things around you.

Open your eyes for what you already possess – pay attention to the countless opportunities you’re surrounded by, the people who love you, the place you’re at now – and appreciate it.

Thank for that every morning you wake up and every night before you go to sleep.

Even only that little change in your daily routine will make you a happier, satisfied person who is in harmony with himself. And what is more, the things you are grateful for will multiply.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” 
Thornton Wilder

See also:

60 things to be grateful for
The gratitude challenge
Maybe the only thing we need is more gratitude
Appreciating abundance

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How to Look and Sound More Confident

How to Look and Sound More Confident

We associate confident people with success. But does confidence lead to success, or does success lead to confidence?

It’s a bit of a chicken and egg scenario. But there is plenty of evidence to suggest that working on your confidence levels will indeed boost your achievements in the workplace.

The thing about confidence is that it works two ways.

On the one hand, exude confidence and your clients and colleagues will have confidence in you – self-belief is very reassuring to others!

In fact, for better or worse, the mere appearance of confidence can be more likely to get you a promotion than your actual ability! When you think of some of the dubious phonies who’ve leapfrogged you in the past, it kinda makes sense, right?

And on the other hand, confidence builds confidence within yourself. When you adopt the look and the sound of the self-assured, you begin to feel bolder on the inside. You take risks and put yourself forward for opportunities you might otherwise not have. You begin to work with clear, bold strokes rather than inching ahead in half-measures.

Great – so how to create that feeling? Well, in the long-term, you can use cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to deal with the underlying causes of your indecisiveness and lack of confidence. But in the short run, getting the aforementioned look and sound of self-belief is a fairly simple matter of adjusting the way you speak, listen, and move.

If you’re particularly shy, try starting with your hands.

Keep them out of your pockets.

Burying your hands in your pockets instantly gives the (possibly correct) impression that you are nervous or uncertain.

And even the (hopefully incorrect) impression that you are dishonest or lazy. Keeping your palms open and faced upwards is a way of opening up to those around you and exuding trust.

Likewise, a firm handshake of around two-five seconds communicates warmth and self-assuredness. A limp handshake, on the other hand, might create the impression that you feel out of your depth. And an over-strong handshake always feels like the giver is trying to prove something!

The next steps are to work on your eye contact and the way that you intone your sentences.

This can be a bit much to think about when you’re struggling with what you actually want to say. Which is why it’s best to start with the other stuff first.

But take it one stage at a time and you can gradually build a confident manner that will start to perpetuate itself by making you feel strong on the inside. For a full guide to the remaining tweaks, you can make to get that feeling, run through this new infographic from Poundplace.

 

Build your confidence back up, and success will surely follow.

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