Live every day with an attitude of gratitude. -Tony Robbins
There is no emotion that has a greater power to change your life than gratitude.
Unfortunately, the human brain isn’t wired to express gratitude—it’s wired for survival, says Tony Robbins.
“The mind is not designed to make you happy, it’s designed to help you survive,” he explains. “It is always looking for what could hurt you, and it magnifies the bad. We are wired to operate out of a place of scarcity and fear.”
The good news is that we have the choice of what to focus on. With a little practice, we can learn to cultivate gratitude in our lives!
“Limiting beliefs are unconscious beliefs we hold about ourselves and the world which we allow to prevent us from enjoying our lives to the fullest,” says Tony.
Examples of these kinds of limiting beliefs include I’m not good enough, I’m scared of rejection, I’m not smart enough—you get the idea.
They are often deeply felt and invisible, and are a major roadblock to bringing joy and gratitude into our lives!
Limiting beliefs can be hard to get over, but it’s worth the effort.
The best way to get over limiting beliefs is by dedicating the time to identifying them and flipping them for a more empowering belief.
You can do this slowly over time, but if you want to accelerate the process and really break through, the best way is to attend a programme like Unleash the Power Within.
“As you uncover each limiting belief, ask yourself: Does this belief take me further along the pursuit of gratitude, or does this belief hold me back?” Tony suggests.
“With practice and diligence, you’ll find that adopting an abundance mindset and attitude of gratitude becomes more natural.”
Focus on what you already have to be grateful for, and you will notice the good things in your life multiplying. As Tony says, “Where focus goes, energy flows,” and bringing your attention to the things you are thankful for is the fastest way to bring more abundance into you life.
Start a gratitude journal, or simply make a list of everything you can think of that you are grateful for, big and small. This is your gratitude database, your starting point for learning to recognise gratitude in your life.
The next step is to make gratitude a daily ritual. If you practice priming, you’ll be familiar with the concept. Find a quiet place to sit and focus on 3-5 things that you are grateful for RIGHT NOW. This is about finding gratitude in every day.
Really focus on each thing, letting the gratitude fill you completely.
“Step into the first moment and picture it as vividly as possible,” says Tony. “After about a minute, go to the second thing, then onto the next.”
If you get stuck, go back to your gratitude database or your gratitude journal—that’s what it’s there for!
“Rather than be derailed by unexpected changes in our lives, we must learn to approach change with curiosity,” says Tony.
“Begin practising an attitude of gratitude by ‘softening’ to change, letting it in without a fight. Rather than telling yourself that you have either lost something, have less of something, or will never have what it is you want, make the command decision to focus on adopting an abundance mindset and focusing on what you can be grateful for.”
“By learning how to express gratitude under difficult circumstances, you build an abundance mindset into everything you do.”
NOTE: This post was originally published 6 June, 2019, and has been updated for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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