Year 2 – Week 2 – Gratitude

“Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn’t what you get for it, but what you become for it. Shake things up today! Be You…Be Free…Share.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

Well, well, well I never!  Have so much to write about today but only room for one little blog – did a “search” on keywords in my previous blog posts and couldn’t find a single entry on “Gratitude”, so here goes!

As I usually say when tackling such a huge topic, is that so much has been written about this topic, both on the internet and in many, many books.  This blog is to whet your appetite and encourage you to pursue both reading and practising “gratitude”.  You will be saying:  “easier said than done” and you will be right.  It IS easier said than done.  So easy to read something, really buy into it and then when it comes to practising it, not so easy!  We try and we try and we try and we’ll keep on trying until we get it right!

Gratitude is defined by Wikipedia as follows:  “Gratitude, thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive”.

Zig Ziglar was a GREAT motivational speaker and author and coined the phrase “Living in an Attitude of Gratitude”.

If you are reading this blog, you are more than likely a struggling VA or a VA needing a bit of a boost.  What I can tell you for sure is that your business does not define you.  YOU define YOU.  This has taken me a long time to learn and I am still learning it.  Think gratefully of the person you were before you started your VA journey and the person you are now.  I am 99.9% sure that you are a better person.  More focussed, compassionate, forward-thinking and I can go on and on.  You know I am right, so believe it.

Be GRATEFUL for what you have now and for what you are about to receive.  Eckart Tolle says that this is the key to abundance.

I am so GRATEFUL this morning for SO many things.  I have been busy since the start of the year (13th of January).  In fact, I am juggling things around to try to fit in as much work as possible and still find time for Admin.  (Don’t believe in doing Admin at 11 pm at night by the way)!  I am GRATEFUL for good health, GRATEFUL for the family and friends in my life, GRATEFUL for so many things that have come my way recently.  This may sound “kitsch” to you, but when you have a feeling of gratitude in your heart you want to shout it from the rooftops.   I watched an Oprah show some time back where she dealt with this very topic and suggested using a Gratitude Journal.  It’s important to write on white paper with blue ink.  Here is an article I found on why it is important:  http://bizmum.com/personal-development/personal-mastery/power-of-written-words/     So a Gratitude journal is a great way to display gratitude.  Any notebook (with white paper) will do and each day write down the things you are grateful for.  When you are down in the dumps, read it and your spirits will be lifted.

So … as we go about our daily business of generating clients, creating income, meeting deadlines, etc, let’s be grateful for what we have.   Let’s live “in an attitude of gratitude”.

See you on line,
Lynne

Katlyn Virtual Assistants
Website: http://www.katlyn.co.za
Facebook Business page: http://www.facebook.com/KatlynVirtualAssistants

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