Have you ever been to a nice restaurant, had a delicious dinner in a beautiful environment with great service, then received a bill that nearly made you fall out of your seat?
How did that change your mood?
Did you walk out of the restaurant raving about the experience or lamenting over the bill?
Instead of practicing an attitude of gratitude, why do we tend to focus on the negative aspects of a situation or experience?
Because, the human brain is wired for a single purpose – survival. The mind is not designed to make us happy, it’s designed to help us survive. It is always looking for what could hurt us, and it magnifies the bad.
We are wired to operate out of a place of scarcity and fear. But here’s the thing – WE have the choice of what to focus on. Remember, what’s wrong is always available, but so is what’s right.
Life will never go as planned. Change is inevitable, and we must learn to embrace change.
The potential for transformation is present in every change life throws our way, whether or not we choose to embrace it. With practice and diligence, we’ll find that adopting an abundance mindset and attitude of gratitude becomes more natural.
As we uncover each limiting belief, we can ask ourselves:
Does this belief take me further along the pursuit of gratitude, or does this belief hold me back?
Having an attitude of gratitude doesn’t mean we are repressing our emotions or living in a state of denial. It simply means we are making the overarching decision to live in a beautiful state every single day, no matter what happens.
Rather than telling ourselves that we have either lost something, have less of something or will never have what it is we want, try to make the command decision to focus on adopting an abundance mindset and focusing on what we can be grateful for. By learning how to express gratitude under difficult circumstances, we build an abundance mindset into everything we do.
Inspiration: Team Robbins