So over at the other site I have written a bit about my “one year of gratitude project.”
Sort of lost some steam there though. Need to refocus my efforts.
Not that I have been walking around being a totally ungrateful jerk or anything. Far from it. But I still want to try to focus in a little more on that whole abundance thing again.
You see, there was a time when I was really getting into the whole “abundance vibe” thing. And I was drinking the “law of attraction kool-aid.” And I really believe that if I focused on abundance that I could create good things in my life.
And then it happened.
So since then I have been like…..wha?!??
I sort of need to refocus. The abundance thing was working so well, and then it sort of fell apart I guess. You lose focus. You take things for granted. Maybe you achieve some success, or something that you thought was success, and so you stop pushing a bit. Maybe even stop appreciating what you achieved.
So I want to get that feeling back. That hunger. That vibe that says “I have energy and I am going to create something amazing and the universe is going to help me do it, dang it!”
Maybe most entrepreneurs go through this in one form or another. James Altucher certainly did so when he crashed and burned in his life, not once but several times. Dude has made over a million and then lost it all. More than once! And lived to tell about it. What a powerful teacher. Mistakes were made, yes. But do we learn from them?
One of the keys is definitely gratitude. If you appreciate everything, really appreciate it, then you create this sort of positive energy that will help you to achieve and get more of the good stuff that you want in your life. I am not talking about the hippy dippy Law of Attraction stuff (though if that works for you, go with it). I am merely talking about genuine gratitude. Walking out onto the good earth and looking up and thanking the stars that you are alive and breathing. That sort of gratitude.
And it is so easy to lose that. So I want to focus on it again. I want to get it back. Because just achieving something is not enough. We have to keep reinventing ourselves. And we have to appreciate all of it, all the time, and never forget how lucky we are. I mean, you are either this random mass of swirling molecules that just happened to occur, or you are this blessed soul that was anointed on the head by angels or something. Either way it is a miracle. You’re freaking here, in the universe, right now. Amazing! And so who am I to prattle on about my first world problems every day? I need to be grateful.
If you achieve success and then you screw it all up (like James Altucher did by losing millions of dollars several times over) then obviously you lacked gratitude. He must not have appreciated what he had, when he had it. And he learned this! I am not knocking the guy. He was smart enough to figure out how to hang on. He had to bang his head into the wall a few times, but he finally figured it out.
And now I am figuring it out as well. Not how to hang on to success….because you are always a success, whether you acknowledge it or not (the miracle of you, remember? Your very existence is a freaking miracle!). No, not figuring out how to hang on to success, but figuring out how to appreciate every day that you are given. Every challenge. Every encounter. Can you find the gratitude in it? Can you find the gratitude in brushing your teeth?
I’m probably not there yet. But I’m on the journey. Hence, the gratitude project. Happening recently over at TFB.
And, I had to get something up here to push that free Kindle book promo off the front of the blog. You know how it goes.