Hey there, it’s Faith Young with “What Would Faith Do?”. I’m excited today because I get to share one of my favorite subjects, my favorite chapter in my book, chapter 8, and it’s about gratitude. It’s one of my favorite things because I truly believe the number way to attract more into your life is to be grateful for what you have now. There is always something to be grateful for.
So one of my favorite stories about gratitude is about what I do when I have a rough day or a rough moment or a moment of weakness, maybe you get in a car accident or something horrible happens and you have this negative energy. One of the best ways to turn that around is start writing 100 things you’re grateful for. I know this isn’t always easy, especially when you’re in a moment of weakness.
So here is a story I’d like to share with you. Several years ago I had bought a brand new MacBook Pro, and I go to a dinner party and my MacBook falls out of my SUV and hits the concrete. So, I decided to leave the dinner party early, I didn’t want my negative energy to affect anyone in the room, and I say “energy is contagious.”
As soon as I got home I knew what I needed to do to shift the energy because if you’re having a bad day and you don’t learn to “check your energy,” as I say, you’re going to have a bad week, month, even a bad year if you don’t redirect that energy.
Gratitude is a great way to redirect. I believe you cannot physically feel 2 emotions at once. I was feeling scarcity, anger that my MacBook fell out of my car, and when I began to write what I was grateful for I was coming from abundance, gratitude and appreciation. You cannot feel scarcity and appreciation at the same I time.
One of the most important things I do about gratitude is share it with people who I put on my list. I say “silent gratitude doesn’t do anyone any good.” So, if I write a list of 100 things I’m grateful for and someone is on my list then I tell that person.
That night I had my friend Brian at the top of my list so I texted him to tell him I was grateful. He called me back to make sure I was ok, and to my surprise he shares what he was doing that night.
His mother had been really sick for months and had vomited all over her bed. He had cleaned her up, cleaned up the bed, got her back in bed, and then she began crying and stating, “I wish I would die, I wish I was dead.” While Brian had gone into his room and began crying and thinking about all the pain and negativity, literally going on around him. During this exact time is when he received my text, “Brian, I just wrote 100 things to be grateful for, and you are on the top of my list.”
You never know how gratitude can impact someone’s life. That moment of weakness for me was an opportunity for me to share my gratitude and be the gift that someone else needed at that very moment. That is how powerful gratitude is. It can shift the entire outcome. I believe gratitude is the number one way to attract more into your life.
I challenge you, the next time you’re having a rough day, to write down 100 things you’re grateful for. It might be hard, it might be difficult.
Back to Brian, a few weeks ago he was having a hard time and texted me about 4am. I told him to start writing down 100 things you’re grateful for. About a week later, I met with him and he tells me he hadn’t started writing them down but he had started saying them out loud. He tells me that it was tough, especially after the 1st ten things. So he started to be thankful for me and my family and other friends. The next day he calls to tell me he had a great day, the 1st great day in 45 days. That is how powerful shifting your focus to gratitude can be.
You can download your daily gratitude worksheet and focus on gratitude. Make it a daily practice every single day. I encourage you to shift from living in scarcity or having a rough day to living in abundance and attracting more good things onto your life.