One of the challenges of living in modern times is that although we have a lot of material things, and an easier life than our ancestors, we don’t make time to notice what is great about what we have. When we go through our daily activities without taking a breath to enjoy what we are doing, we miss out on the rich life experiences every moment is offering us. We are too busy trying to get to something or somewhere. If we can slow down and feel grateful for what we have, we often discover we have a lot more than we thought we did.
Gratitude is one of the key principles in Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book, Simple Abundance. This book really struck a chord with me because it focuses on many of the concepts I teach in my own business. While reading another of Breathnach’s wonderful books, Peace and Plenty, I am again reminded of the principle of gratitude.
Sarah talks about how it wasn’t until she started writing about things she is grateful for that she became aware of what she really had. “I had (listed) more than 150 (things to be grateful for) and then I had an everyday epiphany: I realized I didn’t need a single thing, except the awareness of how blessed I was,” shares Sarah.
In my own business, the very first thing I have my clients do is to take inventory of what abundance means to them by creating a personal definition of abundance. For some, this means making richer, deeper connections. For others it means having abundance of time, doing what they love, or gaining the security that comes from having money saved for their children’s college education, or for their own retirement.
Whatever their view of what abundance means to them, each individual is unique. Based on their unique definition of abundance, we then create the business model that allows them to achieve the richness of life experiences they dream of. While enjoying everything they are creating, these women also learn how to secure a financially abundant future.
Starting from gratitude can help you feel more abundant than you thought possible. In my own life, I am grateful about a shift that has happened in my mindset recently. As soon as I am about to complain about something, I catch myself immediately, and instead, I think of something that is great about my life.
My coaching challenge to you is to start keeping a gratitude journal. Write down five things you are grateful for every day. Take the time to notice the abundance you are creating. Slow down and fully engage in all life experiences. Change the ones you don’t like and embrace the ones that you love. Better yet, choose an area of your life you are working on, and write down five things that you are specifically doing to make improvements in that area.