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Do you consider yourself a “grateful” or positive person?

Are you in the HABIT of being grateful for things that happen in your life or do you tend to be a pessimist?

I want to encourage you that you always have a choice to react in either a positive or a negative way. Even in difficult circumstances, if you develop the practice of thanksgiving and gratitude, your outlook and attitude with improve.

What is your first reaction when things aren’t going the way you want? Next time this happens, stop and think twice about how you are going to respond.

As we say, think about your thinking. Here are some questions that come to mind that you should ask yourself first:

  • How am I going to react to this?  
  • How am I going to process this?  
  • How am I going to think about this?  
  • How am I going to respond?  

That’s what it all comes down to:  MAKING A CHOICE to be thankful and grateful in spite of your circumstances.

Do you choose to view a situation positively with gratitude or dwell on the negative?

Gratitude was a choice that I made at a very young age.

School was extremely difficult for me, and I had teachers telling me that I was stupid! (Hopefully this isn’t happening in the schools now like it was back in the ’60s.)

Luckily, I had an extremely loving and caring family so all my self-worth was not based on the education system. I also had a faith and belief in God that sustained me. (I wrote a book a few years ago that tells my whole story and the practice of gratitude.)

I decided at a very young age to think about everything in my life that I was grateful for.

Every night before I went to sleep, I sat in my little bunk bed and thought about what I was grateful for. Here are a few of those things I thought about:

I’m grateful for my grandmother and how much she loved me.

I’m really grateful for how much my parents care about me.

I’m really grateful that today I got to play football.

This may sound trivial because it’s just a little kid thinking about little things. But, it’s that kind of thinking that has made me the positive, encouraging person I am today. In fact, that’s the number-one thing people say about me: that I am one of the most positive, encouraging people they’ve ever met.

The reason for this is simple:

GRATITUDE.

I’ve made it a daily practice in my life to list out all the things I am grateful to God for. Gratitude has allowed me to be able to serve people without any expectation of them ever being able to do anything for me. Instead, I am simply grateful for the opportunity to serve and how good it makes me feel in my heart and soul.

Often people wonder why they are so discontented, unhappy and stressed. They have anxiety. One of the main reasons for this is spending too much time thinking about what we don’t have instead of what we do have.

Gratitude is like an inoculation against being discouraged, upset, afraid or depressed.

We all have low times, but gratitude can help us make our way through them.

When I am feeling down or depressed, I stop and think about what I am thankful and grateful for. When I focus on those positive things, I start to appreciate them more, and they become more valuable to me. I think about God, my wife and kids, grandkids, friends, clients, experiences, places, etc., and realize how very blessed I am!

You too can live a different life with a different purpose and a different intention. Start leading a life of gratitude. Take into account – on a daily basis – everything you are grateful for.

Please share with us how gratitude or choices have made a difference for you and what you’re grateful for today.

For more on Gratitude check out The Biggest Disability is a Bad Attitude.

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Today I want talk about and thank all the people that have told you and me over and over that we can’t do this; that we can’t be successful in our business; that we’ll never make it.

Hopefully you’ve kept a list or have a memory of who those people are.

Quite frankly, I find them inspiring!

When I start to get fatigued or it gets hard or it seems to be taking longer than I think it should for the results that I want to get, I always think back to those people.

I always try to recall their words and the sentiment of them saying this is impossible, you’ll never be able to be anything or do anything or build a business or have success in your life.

And I live off the energy of those people.

I don’t have a lot of them in my life anymore.

I wish I did, but I know you do, so I want you to go back and think about them. Let their disbelief inspire you to dream bigger, to work harder, to put more into yourself, into your business to win bigger in the future. Then let us know about it.

Yes, I say thank you to those people! It’s exciting to see the amount of motivation that they can give us in our life.

Make it a great day.


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Gratitude is something that I’ve been practicing for the better part of my life. A process called The Gratitude Experience is also something that we teach our clients.

I’ve found that gratitude is deeply important to me both in my business, personally, and also in my faith life. The practice of gratitude on a daily basis is something I started as a young child not even knowing what it was called then. I realized early on that gratitude could carry me through the most difficult situations and had great value in creating more of what I wanted out of life.

The things that we are grateful for grow as we become more aware of them, so that’s why we talk and teach about The Gratitude Experience. Here is a little simple formula that I follow and want to share with you so that you can practice gratitude too.

Record Daily 3 Things You are Grateful For – answer these questions for each thing that you write down:

  • WHAT am I grateful for?

  • WHY am I grateful for this?

  • What PERSONAL IMPACT does this have for me?

I’ll just talk you through three examples and let you see how I would answered in each scenario.

Question:  What am I grateful for?

Answer:  I’m grateful for my wife Orlena.

Question:  Why?

Answer:  I am grateful for her faithfulness and love that she’s expressed to me over the last 40 years.

Question:  What’s the personal impact?

Answer:  Her love and faithfulness give me confidence, peace, joy and love that only she could give me.

The second grateful statement might be I’m grateful today for my granddaughter Ellie. She is our first grandchild.

Question:  What am I grateful for?

Answer:  My granddaughter Ellie.

Question:  Why?

Answer:  She’s a gift from God that has come into our life when we thought that there may not be a possibility of a child – but she’s here now and a year and a half old.

Question:  What’s the personal impact?

Answer:  For me being a grandfather is a great joy for my life; more than I could have ever imagined or hoped for.

Maybe the third one would be work related.

Question:  What am I grateful for?

Answer:  I got a new coaching client.

Question:  Why?

Answer:  By coaching them I get to see their transformation and see them experience all the success that they want in their business and personal life.

Question:  What’s the personal impact?

Answer:  This is what I was made to do. This is where I get energy. It doesn’t feel like work; it just feels like something I want to get up and do every morning. I’m passionate about it. Coaching is my thing. It’s my God given ability, purpose, and mission in my life.

So these are just some quick examples of how to record the three things you are grateful for. We also have a course on gratitude. If you want to know more about it or if you’d like to implement this in your personal life, company or for your own business, just reach out to us and let us know.

By incorporating The Gratitude Experience at work, you’ll find it is also a great way to end a meeting, a week or a project that you’re working on. If you use the gratitude experience, you’ll not only see your attitude changing about things, but the attitude of all your employees and your customers will be impacted by practicing this on a daily basis.

The practice of gratitude is something that we believe is a lifetime thing. We believe it changes the quality and experience of your life in the most positive way. As you can see, we love to teach and talk about it!

The book that I wrote (The Biggest Disability is a Bad Attitude) actually has a whole chapter around The Gratitude Experience. I share the whole story of my coming into gratitude. If you’d like a free copy of my book, you can sign up on our website and we’ll send it to you at no cost or you can get it on Kindle or Audible.


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Something that most business people don’t think about, and it’s something that we do in every coaching session, is focus on the act and practice of gratitude. In our coaching process, at the end of each session, we ask our clients what things, both personally and professionally in their business they are grateful for. We have them speak these things out and then write them down. We do that in order to help them experience what gratitude does for people. Gratitude expands the things that we’re grateful and thankful for in our life. These things get bigger as we acknowledge them. I encourage you to make this a daily practice in your business and your personal life as well.

A lot of people practice gratitude at Thanksgiving or at a certain time of the year, but I would encourage you to make this a daily practice. Start by writing down two or three things at the end of each day that you’re grateful for both personally and professionally and share this with someone. What you’ll find is that there’s so much that is good in life that you have to be grateful and thankful for. Unfortunately, life just kind of goes by you and you don’t stop and acknowledge these things. We want to help our clients create a grateful attitude and see them experience and have gratitude in their life. This is why we do this on an ongoing and regular basis. We teach gratitude and make it really practical.

— What are you grateful for today in your personal life?

— What are you grateful for today in your work, your company or business?

— Write these things down. It can be just two or three things, but get into the habit of acknowledging and writing down what you are grateful for on a daily basis.

Over time, your mind starts to acknowledge and to identify all the things that you’re grateful for and/or that you can be thankful for. As you’re thankful and grateful for them, more of these types of things will show up in your life. You become aware that there’s so much you have to be grateful and thankful for. Gratitude and thanksgiving transform our mindset, our thinking and our whole approach to life. They create a wonderful culture and mindset.

And so that’s our thought for today — PRACTICE GRATITUDE.

My wife and I do it every day, and we also do it with our clients as we work with them. We’ve seen lives transformed —  from being ungrateful and not really recognizing all that there is to be thankful and grateful for  — to this person who has a mindset of gratitude. This is profound because it changes not only you, but the people you work with, your team around you and your customers.

Make it a great day! Practice gratitude and tell us how it makes you feel.


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Finding a better path is all about thinking. Our mind does not control us; we control our mind.

Many people don’t realize that they are actually in control of the supercomputer in their head. They let their mind take them wherever it wants to go rather than consciously thinking and making #choices. And for most people, myself included, if we don’t consciously choose to do


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You always have a #choice.  You are always in control.  You can always consider:

How am I going to react to this?  

How am I going to process this?  

How am I going to think about this?  

How am I going to respond?  

That’s what it all comes down to:  MAKING A CHOICE!


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