We’ve covered self-compassion, positivity, and mindfulness as keys to developing a success mindset. The fourth and final piece of the puzzle for creating a sustained success mindset is gratitude. Developing a gratitude practice ensures your continued positive mindfulness, in both business and personal life, and prevents your life from becoming the tragic, ubiquitous parable of those who never saw all they had until it was gone.
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” — Zig Ziglar
A success mindset requires gratitude so we can keep moving forward when the going gets tough. Often we focus on the things we think we lack (clients, skills, confidence, money), rather than seeing and appreciating all the things we have in our lives, such as the clients and skills we do have, the continuous opportunities to evolve, health, love, and family support. Lack of gratitude leads to a scarcity mindset, the feeling that there is never enough. This can keep you feeling wanting. To shift from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset (knowing that there’s enough of everything in the world for everyone), try keeping a Gratitude Journal.
Start by writing down at least three things every morning for which you are grateful. Writing it down is essential because you can keep it nearby and revisit it throughout the day if you’re feeling stressed, discouraged, or lacking. An example of my morning gratitude list goes something like this:
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This article is part of the Wealth Through Personal Wellness series.
Series Table of Contents:
- Wealth Through Personal Wellness: Develop and Practice Self-Compassion
- Wealth Through Personal Wellness: Practicing Positivity
- Wealth Through Personal Wellness: Mindfulness
- Wealth Through Personal Wellness: Gratitude (This Article)