Attitude of Gratitude
MGS Designz is all about sharing the good business advice and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Angela Patterson from Anderson Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services! We help Angie put together her blog and newsletter every few months and we’d love to help you! Please contact us for more information!
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. – Alexander Graham Bell
Anyone who has ever wondered how successful people achieve their goals has quickly discovered that preparation was the key and the main difference between those who win and those who fail in life. I wonder how something so simple and obvious can be so complicated and difficult for so many people. If you want to arrive from point A to point B you get a map and take the quickest and safest route possible. If you want to learn a new trade you research, study and plan out your goals and then walk in that direction. If you want to be happy in life you stop doing the things that make you unhappy and start doing the things that make you happy. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Well it is!
I’ve come to understand that the problem most people have in life isn’t necessarily in failing to take the steps they need for success but rather in not knowing what they want to begin with. Most people tend to go through life wandering aimlessly… searching without a clear direction of where they are headed. Sadly they have no idea what they are actually looking for. They don’t have a list of goals and they don’t even have a map. They haven’t searched within to understand who they are and what they really want out of life. They lose their faith and forget to call on God for guidance. Then the years go by and time takes its toll and life passes them by. They waste their youth trying to be someone they aren’t and then they waste their adult life trying to buy back their youth. They live a lie and they don’t even know it. They are lost and they can’t even see it. They struggle just trying to keep up with the Jones’s or in wanting to have it all while in truth they had nothing at all because they lost themselves in the process.
My last blog was about the importance of pre-planning for your death and enjoying the peace of mind that your family will not be burdened with the details of your funeral. Click here if you missed it, it’s important! And while I feel it is very important to take the time to plan out the details of your end of life I feel compelled at this moment to urge you to plan for LIVING now, before it’s too late and your time has run out. Being in the funeral business here in Southwest FL I have seen more grief and regret than any person needs to see in a lifetime. The purpose of this blog and maybe my purpose for being here at this moment, writing for you, is so that I can inspire you to look within and discover who you are and what your own purpose is.
The only way for you to plan your life and really enjoy each day God grants you is to know who you are, what your purpose is and how you’re going to achieve it. I invite you to search for your personal map so that you can find that quickest route to your own personal happiness. Write down your goals and start walking in that direction now, today… there’s no need to wait until Monday or next year. Life is shorter than you realize and sometimes the things you think are important really aren’t that important at all.
This brings me to something I read in a book recently and I’d like to share it with you now: Nothing in life can take the place of knowing your purpose. If you dont’ try to discover your purpose, you’re likely to spend your life doing the wrong things. As psychologist Viktor Frankl said, “Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life. Everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.” Each of us has a purpose for which we were created. Our responsibility – and our joy – is to identify it. – Taken from: Leadership Promsises for Every Day by John C. Maxwell.
You have a purpose and only you can discover what that purpose is. My goal today was to inspire you to live life in a manner that can bring you happiness, joy and peace now and all the days to come. In my next blog I’ll get back to more benefits of pre-planning for your funeral so stay tuned.
Anderson Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services is here to help you find Peace of Mind today knowing you have taken care of all of the important details ahead of time. We have experts waiting to answer all of your questions and help you pre-plan your funeral. Please feel free to contact us at (239) 694-4121 or (239) 368-7080 or visit our website at www.AndersonPatterson.com.
MGS Designz is all about sharing the positive and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Lee Knapp! We help Lee put togehter her blog and newsletter every month and we’d love to help you! Please contact us for more information!
So this month Lee’s Success Blog has been focusing on Gratitude! First we talked about having an attitude of Gratitude and how gratitude is a state of being that can bring you closer to the success you desire in life. Then we discussed the POWER of Gratitude and how it can really transform your life and the lives of those that you come in contact with on a daily basis. Today’s blog continues the topic…
Give thanks – show your attitude in word or deed. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William A. Ward
So now you might be asking OK – all that sounds great, but how can I stay focused and LIVE in gratitude on a daily basis? Well – here are five easy steps to LIVING in Gratitude:
1.) Gratitude Journal – A journal is a wonderful way to notice all the things in your day that you have to be grateful for. Sometimes we tend to take for granted all the great things that life offers us. So I suggest you write them down, every day! Even if it is only 5 things a day – just jot them down! Soon you will start to notice your life transforming and more beautiful unexpected surprises coming into your life because you are not only taking note but you are feeling grateful for them as well.
2.) Gratitude Stone – Sometimes we just need a reminder to stop and give thanks to our creator for all the many blessings we receive on a daily basis so I suggest a Gratitude Stone! Find a smooth, soft stone and make it your special rock – then place it your pocket, on your dresser, on your desk or in the kitchen. Place it anywhere that when you feel it or see it, you are reminded to name your list of gratitude. Why the stone? Because it is a concrete reminder of expressing your gratitude.
3.) Vision Board – What better way to be grateful than to show gratitude with a collage of all the things you are grateful for and what you want to draw into your life and visualize on a daily basis. That’s what a Vision Board is – a place to showcase your dreams and pause every now and then to connect to them and just give thanks!
4.) Visualization – There is no right or wrong way to use this technique, however, having a quiet, serene “time out” from the distractions of the world is helpful in really focusing on what you are grateful for and what you want to draw into your life in the future. Seeing a mental movie of all you desire or using Visualization is a powerful tool in attracting good and in living in gratitude.
5.) Meditation – They say prayer is talking to God but Meditation is Listening to God speak to you. Connecting with God, the universe, your source – this is meditation. Turn off the noise and the distraction and just BE for a few minutes. Spend some quiet time connecting, listening and recharging your energies while filling yourself with gratitude and love.
Count your blessings. Name them, list them, draw them, but count them. To truly feel gratitude as part of a lifestyle of a grateful heart, you have to acknowledge your blessings. “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” Eric Hoffer
Business Consultant & Motivational Speaker Lee Knapp’s goal: “We help our clients gain, train and retain satisfied customers and employees.” As the President of Knapp Consultants, for over 20 years, Lee has been inspiring people to raise the bar and exceed their greatest expectations. Our mission is to “Provide high-energy, educational and motivational programs to assist clients in achieving results”.
We thank you for sharing a few minutes of your time with us to read our blog and learn more about gratitude. Now we invite you to share your gratitude stories with us in the comments below, we love hearing from you! Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog if you haven’t already done so – you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win an autographed book by Lee Knapp – Discover your Inner Strength.
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Today we’re happy to introduce you to Lee Knapp from Knapp Consultants, please read on! MGS Designz proudly works with Lee on all her blogs and email marketing campaigns. Please let us know if we can ever be of service to you!
Knapp Consultants would like to take this opportunity to Thank You for taking the time out of your busy day to share a few moments with us.
Here at Knapp Consultants, we understand that the level of success we have in our business and in our lives can be directly measured by the level of gratitude we have in our daily life. On this note we’d like to share a few thoughts on gratitude with you today and in the days to come.
Think about this … what if you took just ten minutes each morning to focus on your “attitude of gratitude?” What do you have to be grateful for?
Gratitude is best reflected in how you act toward and respond to others.
Create your culture of being grateful. How can you be more gracious with you’re your family and your customers?
Are you anticipating the needs of people you care about?
It’s within the smallest details where we uncover the greatest opportunities.
Gratitude is a state of being.
You only live once – but if you work it right, once is enough
JOE E. LEWIS
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