About two years ago my daughter Ashley gave me a gratitude book ...now the cool thing about the book is that it came with nothing in it..just blank pages ...I was to write the story.
Here's how it works...everyday ..I mean everyday...I write three things I am grateful for in my life. It can be business related, personal (family, snowboarding), grateful for the sun, my dog, being Canadian..whatever. The key is to practice WRITING being grateful for what i have.
The next thing...and this is very important...is to write three things I am grateful for in the future but to write them as if I already have it. So..I want to franchise one of my businesses...and therefore I write sometimes "I am grateful for 101 Relishes". Sometimes I write I am grateful my kids always want to come home. Writing it as if I already have it not only reaffirms the forces of being grateful but you know what...my mind believes it is true and some of the stuff I have written about being grateful for in the future has already happened...WOW!!!
I treat this daily exercise as important as brushing my teeth..:). It has given me a new awareness of how blessed I am. I wake up every day excited about my day and the things I am going to encounter and I am achieving incredible things. Now to be fair...there are other things that are impacting my life to get me to this position but I am certain it would not be the wonderful ride it is without that gratitude book.
And so before I go ...Thank-you to my daughter Ashley. I am grateful for you and your gift which is going to last a lifetime!