From Greedy to Grateful –

Appreciating What You Have

I’m not implying that you’re greedy, but most of us expect a lot out of life and often forget to be grateful for what we have. We seem to quickly jump from one accomplishment to the next, from receiving good things that we enjoy only briefly to quickly pursuing the next good thing we want. We’re a pretty needy and wanting bunch of beings.

istock_000005768697xsmall.jpgIf you’re at all familiar with the Law of Attraction (LOA), you know that it states that what you put your attention on you attract to you. When you are grateful for what you have, you will be more apt to attract more good to you. When you are greedy and constantly wanting more and the next best thing, you are not stopping to be grateful for what you just received. You are not even taking time to celebrate your success, to enjoy the accomplishment, to revel in having it. What you appreciate, appreciates. That is, what you offer gratitude for grows and more comes your way.

For example, say you wanted a promotion at work and you got it. Instead of making a party for your co-workers or family, you’re already thinking about how you can get the next promotion. It’s a never-ending list of “gimme’s” when you don’t offer gratitude. Gimme that new car, gimme that new suit, gimme that vacation. It’s all right to want tangible objects and activities in our life that make us feel good, that we feel we’ve earned by our hard work. However, we become greedy when we don’t take time to acknowledge all that we are getting and all that we have.

And if we throw a tantrum when we don’t get what we want, that is certainly not being grateful, and we are less likely to get it. If you want to live your life by applying the LOA, you need to be grateful, offer blessings and thanks for what you have now, and more will be added to you. A grateful heart attracts, while a greedy one repels.

A great practice for giving gratitude, which I share with my life coaching clients, is to write in a daily success journal. Every night before going to sleep, write down five things you are grateful for. What was wonderful about your day? Who did you touch? Who touched you? How did you serve? How did you make a difference? What good came into your life? The small things are just as important as the bigger ones.

Are you grateful for your family, friends, pets, house, car, clothes, work, prosperity, health, and more? Write these in your journal as a way of appreciating what you have. Not only will you attract more good, but you will feel good. You will feel filled up with all you already have. Your grateful heart will replace your greedy one.

I am grateful for the moments I share with my wife and children. I’m also grateful for my profession as a life coach, which allows me to help people live better lives. Most of all, I’m grateful that I always have the ability to change.

How about you? What are you grateful for?

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5 Comments on “From Greedy to Grateful –

Appreciating What You Have

  • David,

    This article and principles within are well needed in our lives and communities, as this clearly defines and outlines the true essence of the Law of Attraction.

    Having known little about the LOA nearly three years ago, the first I absorbed what I thought it was, was in the book “The Secret”. Immediately thinking the book was the all mighty answer to my goals and dreams, I didn’t realize was that there was more to the secret than they shared in both the book and movie.

    Ignorantly, I, like many others, assumed that if I merely think good things will happen, they will. And so my reticular activator was turned on, bringing both resources and instances of the LOA into my life. What I failed to do was research the concept further initially, taking what I learned from one mere resource and believing it was gold.

    After disappointment that my great thoughts didn’t generate anything that the book or movie promised, numerous hours were spent and books read sharing exactly what you have with this article.

    It is all too easy to fuss and fight with ourselves because we don’t get what we want, or we don’t have what the Jones’ have. By choice or not, that negativity and ungratefulness not only reflects what we feel are we are, and what we think our accomplishments are, but more importantly impacts the way others around us act and react – especially our immediate family and friends.

    I completely agree that we need to express our gratitude more, freely and consistently, which would positively and contagiously effect those we interact with daily. A sense of gratitude to whom ever for what ever must be expressed, whether within ourselves or verbally / physically, for many reasons.

    There are so many benefits to doing this, many of which you shared, but also to build and maintain our confidence and positive sense of self. Intentionally or not, we tear ourselves down when we think and act negatively, and just as you said we draw negative things into our life.

    The LOA, along with the other universal principles, are essential to know and implement in our lives to build and maintain strong interpersonal and external relationships, along with confidence and esteem.

    Thank you for putting this out for others to revisit or discover!

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  • Well, I have a long, long list of things to be grateful for. My life is good.

    But right now, I’m mostly grateful that my 1-year-old son was unhurt after a nasty spill. Yesterday he fell off a 4-feet-tall wall, onto a concrete sidewalk. Didn’t even have a bruise on his body that I could see. Phew!


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