How to Live an Abundant Life

A life filled with physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial abundance is truly a gift. Everyone should have security, peace of mind, love, and overall joyfulness. But how can something that should be second nature be so difficult to attain?

Perhaps our hectic lives confuse or distract us from achieving a life of abundance. But the power of our thoughts can transform our lives for the better – if we know how to use it.

Wealth is Good!

We all have to build wealth in our lives, but before we can build wealth, we have to understand that everyone’s definition of wealth is different. It doesn’t have to mean making millions of dollars and flying a private jet to one of your 10 estate homes.

Wealth can simply mean having a steady, full-time job where you earn enough money to give your family a safe place to sleep with quality food on the table and nice clothes to wear. It may also mean you are fulfilled spiritually and emotionally.

Don’t fool yourself by saying you don’t care about material things and, therefore, you don’t need to care too much about building wealth. Remember that wealth does not necessarily mean material wealth. Just because you desire wealth, it doesn’t mean you have to be attached to money like a Scrooge.

You can be emotionally wealthy because of the positive relationships you foster. You can be spiritually wealthy because of your faith. You can be physically wealthy because of your vibrant health. And you can be financially wealthy because of the money you have earned. Wealth simply isn’t a monetary figure!

Wealth is Not Just About Money

As mentioned, the term wealth doesn’t just describe how much money you have. You can also use the word to describe the people in your life and your satisfaction with your life in general.

  • If you have a close relationship to your family, you are wealthy.
  • If you love waking up in the morning and get satisfaction out of your job everyday, you are wealthy.
  • If you have friends who love you as their own family, you are wealthy.

  • If you have a fervent faith, you are wealthy.

Living an abundant life simply means being happy in all aspects of your life and having the resources to care for your family. Obviously you won’t be happy every minute of every day, but if you are usually well taken care of, then you already have an abundant life.

How to Build Wealth

You need carry a positive mindset in life if you wish to build the wealth you want and deserve. You must believe that what you want can be attained, that you have the power to attain it, and that it will be delivered to you in your lifetime. Without this mindset, you’re more likely to give up when times get tough.

Loving yourself is also of great importance. You have to love yourself first if you want to receive love from others. If you don’t have love from others, you won’t lead the life you desire.

We can’t change the world unless we start by changing ourselves. But if we change ourselves, we can change the whole world. And if we change ourselves for the better, there’s no reason why we can’t or shouldn’t live an abundant life.

Why 96% of Businesses Fail Within Ten Years

Yes, that shocking news is true, most businesses fail within their first ten years of operation, and the rates are even higher within the first five. In comparison, most business owners are more than happy to take calculated risks. And they work hard to build up their business. Having a small business is a large part of the American Dream. 

Business person in suit and tie

But when only four out of every one hundred businesses survive more than ten years, it can be dream-crushing. What’s really happening to shut down all of these businesses that aren’t making? 

If your business is less than ten years old, read on to learn some things you need to avoid if you want to make it past that iconic mark. 

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Profit is only a theory. 

The bottom line is just that, the bottom line. If your business can’t pay its bills, it’s going to fail. Because most entrepreneurs are not financially literate, it can quickly go wrong. Many small business owners go into business not for their love of crushing numbers but for their goal to make the world better with their products. 

Yet they hire accountants and look at profits and expect to have the same power as to how much cash in hand they have. However, if the cash isn’t there and they can’t pay their bills, their doors close. Vendors and creditors don’t care about what looks good on paper. They need cash in their hand, and if you don’t have any, your business will struggle. 

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You Are Financing Your Clients or Vendors

Massive companies tend to pay off invoices slower by utilizing their size and position in the industry. However, small and even medium-sized businesses or entrepreneurs can’t compete on the same level and sometimes end up financing clients who are ten times their size. 

This additional burden can only worsen problems because you are already starting at a negative when you attempt to attract necessary vendors. Those vendors end up paying fast. Your business then relies upon the ability to pay them quickly. 

The real problem comes when you try to be corporate friends with your vendors while waiting on slow-paying clients. This can put a massive strain on your limited financial resources as a small business. 

Personal coaching might be the answer you are looking for. Proctor Gallagher Consultants offer personal coaching to help you reach your goals.

Controlling Your Cash Can Also Help Increase Your Profits!

If you aren’t managing your cash correctly, then you are losing it. By having a tight grasp on your cash, you can actually improve profits. The higher visibility of expenses can alleviate mismanaged money. 

Even just cutting ten percent of your expenses, you can boost your profits by as much a fifty percent. Who couldn’t use an extra fifty percent of profit? Many non-critical expenses can be cut in order to grow your business. 

Do you want to cut your expenses within the next 90 days? Start signing every check. While having a financial support team is a valuable asset, going back to basics can help refine expenses. This process doesn’t have to be an all-the-time thing. Just as general upkeep to ensure you are mindful about your business spending habits. 

Taking Control of Your Business’s Financial Future

While this might seem overwhelming, there are ways to keep your business running for a long time by taking control of your long-term financial health. Many CEOs run into problems because they aren’t clear on what they are reading when their financial team brings in their reports.

Having a better understanding of what these reports say can help you better manage your business’s finances.

Poor Management Team

Having leaders that don’t know how to lead can be a huge problem within your business. While having a dream, goal, or idea about what you are doing with your business, others might not follow your standards. Having the proper support and coaching can help your team be supportive and on the same page. 

Having an awesome management team can also streamline the employee onboarding process, resulting in better customer interactions. The best way to keep money flowing into your business is through happy customers

Does your management team need coaching? Proctor Gallagher Consultants can help transform your business from the inside out

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Leadership Development: Know Your Blindspots

Running an organization comes with many challenges regardless. However, the effects of the global pandemic of COVID-19 have placed profound new strains on companies. Leaders need to be more sensitive between a fragile economy and social unrest than ever regarding others’ situations.

A lack of awareness causes most work conflicts. Leaders don’t always realize the impact of their behaviors on the people around them. Because many organizations don’t have a systematic way to solve this problem, many hire a coach or apply some other form of training.

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Why Self-Awareness is Difficult to Find

Human nature allows us to judge ourselves by our intent rather than our impact. Because of this tendency, those in influential roles become blind to how others view their behavior. Indeed social scientists have documented how blind spots affect workplace conversations. We tend to be hard-wired for defensive reasoning, making us forget the effect we have on others

People naturally consider their successes as something they did with their abilities. In comparison, any failures are related to external factors. This self-serving bias inhibits our ability to accept negative feedback, even if it is constructive. 

While these habits are natural, that doesn’t mean that we cannot correct them. To those in leadership positions, they should constantly strive to develop their skills. Self-awareness should be one. 

Does your leadership team need help fine-tuning their skills? Proctor Gallagher Consultants has programs to help your team develop their professional skills.

4 Strategies for Improving Self-Awareness

There are many different ways that you can work with your leadership team to develop their self-awareness skills. Evaluate your team and pick what strategies appeal to them. 

1. Participate in a team simulation exercise.

Most people think of team simulations as going up to a remote location and practicing trust exercises. However, there are a lot more options that you can participate in to help your team improve their cooperation together. 

Some exercises lead teams through life-threatening situations to help them establish open discussion, ways to collaborate, and decision-making as a unit. The end goal is all the same. You know you have a successful team building simulation if you find yourself and your team thinking how awesome it would be to work together like this back at work. 

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2. Hire a skilled facilitator for your team. 

Tough decisions can sometimes cause vast ripples in a workplace, but they are necessary to develop your leadership team. With the help of a skilled professional, your team can build leadership skills that can improve workplace performance

Hiring a consultant can help diagnose counterproductive habits and suggest a way to address them in real-time. Their observations could look at how frequently team members propose a new action or how often they agree with or build upon another’s ideas. 

While overall, a team should have a healthy mix of these actions during the conversation. However, if they often go off topic, the facilitator will continue to observe the team’s dynamics. Clearly, this work can be mentally and emotionally demanding, but the results it produces are powerful.

3. Get a Coach. 

Like every skill, leadership is something that should be practiced, yet sometimes we struggle to resolve our weaknesses. This is where having a coach can take your skills to the next level. Even if we know and recognize those weaknesses, we often don’t know how to remove those blocks.

Having a coach is the key to unlocking your team’s leadership potential through self-development. 

4. Attend an interpersonal skills lab.

Developed by Jim Detert and Bobby Parmar, these unique skill labs immerse individuals into challenging decision-making scenarios. The difficult scenarios are made to help participants feel uncomfortable to discover something about themselves within the process. 

The process deliberately stresses out the individual and is then coached through the process. Findings from interpersonal skills labs help promote self-awareness and skill development. 

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Final Thoughts

Knowing your blind spots within your leadership team can help you better develop them. This leadership development can be easier than you think with the help of a knowledgeable support team, coaches, and exercises.  

Are you ready to invest in leadership development? For over five years, Proctor Gallagher Consultants have been helping turn around failing businesses by assisting them to grow their leadership teams. Turn your thinking into results today!

For Greater Success, Try Positive Action Instead of Positive Thinking

We’ve all heard that positive thinking can boost your odds of becoming successful. While positive thinking helps, research shows that simple actions can have a greater impact on behavior and the results.

Most people think that it takes a lot of work and effort to get meaningful results. But sometimes simple actions are the key.

Scientific research has shown that these 10 exercises have a positive effect:

  1. Do things in a new way. If you’re trying to quit smoking, try smoking with the opposite hand. It makes the behavior seem unusual, and you’ll be less likely to smoke. We often smoke automatically, so doing it differently will force you to think about it.

  2. Nod in agreement. If someone nods while communicating, they’re more likely to agree with what’s being said. If you want someone to agree with you, subtly nod your head while chatting with them. They will unconsciously start to do the same. This results in a greater likelihood of agreeing with you.

  3. Act happy. The simple act of smiling makes you feel happier. Studies have suggested smiling big, using your whole face (including your forehead), and making it last about 20 seconds. This will ensure your smile makes an impact.

  4. Act sternly. Those that sit up straight and cross their arms have been shown to persevere twice as much as those that sat in other ways. Try this technique if you want to be persistent.

  5. Wash up. A recent study found that washing your hands, taking a bath, or showering can reduce feelings of guilt. Even cleaning the hands with an antiseptic after committing an immoral act significantly reduced guilty feelings.

  6. Soft chairs for soft people. If you have to negotiate with others, arrange for them to sit in a soft chair. Studies have shown that firm chairs result in tougher negotiating. A soft chair makes people more flexible.

  7. Just begin! Spending a few minutes on the activity you’re avoiding can often stop procrastination. Getting started really is the hardest part.

  8. Be emotionally intimate. Couples that are close are more likely to talk about the intimate aspects of life. The opposite is also true. When two people have an intimate conversation, they feel more attracted to each other. If you’re on a date, steer the conversation toward more meaningful topics.

  9. Flex your muscles. One study discovered that tensing your muscles increases your willpower. If you’re struggling to quit smoking or to stick to a diet, the solution is easier than you think. Make a fist and flex your biceps. If you’re around others, flex your leg muscles.

  10. Act confident. You’ve seen the cliché “power” pose of CEOs, with them leaning back with outstretched legs and looking up with their hands behind the head. If you’re standing, put both feet flat on the floor, chest out and shoulders back. Play the part. If you act confident on the outside, you’ll feel more confident on the inside.

These ideas all come from university research, so there’s some science behind them. Try them and see what impact they have on your life.

While positive thinking is great, sometimes positive actions can be even more powerful.

Bring Your Dreams to Life by Creating a Personal Mission Statement

Your mission statement tells the world who you are and what you hope to do with your life. It helps you focus throughout your life on what you feel your purpose is.

Consider a couple of examples of personal mission statements:

A working parent’s mission statement: “I want to be the best parent I can be and still excel in my sales career. My hope is to eventually become involved in a charity foundation that helps other people live safer, more secure, and fulfilling lives.”

A counselor’s mission statement: “My purpose on earth is to assist others in resolving their life struggles and moving on to live their best life possible. Also, taking in and spreading knowledge through a variety of media such as speaking, writing, and teaching are important for me to live a life that truly matters. I want to experience what it’s like to love and be loved deeply.”

Creating your mission statement will enrich your life in many ways!

The process will help you clarify your hopes and dreams and discover what is most important to you. Then, you can create goals that support your mission and move your life toward fulfilling your purpose. And working towards those goals will become a joy in itself!

This 6-step process will help you formulate your own personal mission statement:

  1. Reflect on your life goals. Describe your top four or five wishes for your entire life. Those are your life goals.

  2. Identify what you want to learn. Do you require more knowledge to work toward achieving your life goals? If so, you’ll want to include something about continuous learning or education in your statement.

  3. Think in the short-term. What is it you wish to work on over the next decade or so? Maybe it’s settling into a new community and establishing yourself as an expert in yoga. Perhaps it’s getting yourself through college and finding work that fulfills you.

  4. Ponder the long-term — throughout your life span. What do you want to be doing 30 or 40 years from now?
  • Consider elderly people in your life that you respect, admire, or consider as your mentors. How are they making a difference in their lives as they age?

  • As you mature, you’ll accumulate a lot of life knowledge, experience, and expertise in your field. How could you use it when you’re 60, 70, or even 80 years old? How would you like to use your knowledge and personal “gifts” for others?

  • How do you want your journey to unfold?

  • Ask yourself, “What do I hope to accomplish before I die?” What would you like to be known for? How do you want others to remember you after you’ve passed on?

  • Use your own words. For example, you might say, “I want to help as many people as I can as a social worker in a large city.” Or “My main goals in life are to learn as much as I can about staying in shape and remaining in excellent health, and to help others learn to stay in good health, too.” Such specifics can be included in your statement.

Writing your personal mission statement not only gives your life focus, but it also provides meaning, purpose, and incentive for you to do everything possible to live your best life.

Create your personal mission statement today. You have a lot of living to do!

What is the Secret Law of Attraction?

Are you fed up with the notions of what you’re supposed to do?

We’re all taught early in life that we’re supposed to grow up and work for a company like an indentured servant for 40 years and then fade away at retirement with a company pension that barely covers the necessities of daily existence. However, people are becoming more enlightened and educated, realizing that there’s a better way. You can have a prosperous life and feel fulfilled!

“The Secret” Exposed

The incredibly popular book and movie, The Secret, has made such a powerful impact on people, but at the same time, The Secret isn’t really revealing anything new. It speaks of ancient secrets that successful people have used since the beginning of time. People within “inner circles” throughout the ages have jealously guarded this secret because they felt that if it got out, it would quickly be distorted or watered down.

But now, the increasing educational level of people has allowed the average person to learn about and use the secret law. And that law is: like attracts like. This essentially means that you have to picture yourself as wealthy and successful in order to be someone who is wealthy and successful.

  • Creating a positive mindset and thinking about the positives in life is paramount to “The Secret” working.

If you can see yourself as wealthy and successful, then you can become that way – even if you start with nothing. Wealth and success are not matters of luck or some kind of rare talent. Success is created by habits. These habits are instilled in people through visualizing their dreams as reality.

It’s More Than a Pipe Dream…

You have to do more than just visualize your bank account overflowing with cash. You have to be willing to take action, even if only baby steps. Keeping that positive mindset always at the forefront of your thoughts will help you focus and guide you to take the correct steps to prosperity.

  • If you intensely picture your life as prosperous, you’ll begin to notice opportunities arising that will lead you to newfound prosperity, such as a job promotion or a new position with a different company.
  • If you intensely picture your life as being debt-free, then you’ll see opportunities to make extra money to pay off those credit cards, such as doing odd jobs for neighbors, having a yard sale, or selling unwanted items on eBay.
  • If you intensely picture yourself having a healthy body, then you’ll subconsciously start to make changes to your lifestyle. Sometimes a visual reminder helps keep you motivated, so find a picture of a healthy body and give yourself permission to want that for yourself.

When you can visualize your new life and focus on what you want to do and where you want to be, you’ll attract great things to your life. On the flipside, if you hold onto negative thoughts, you will only attract more negative feelings and experiences in your life.

Give yourself permission to desire a good life and focus your mind deeply and fully. You must first believe that you deserve a good life before you can live one. That is the secret.

Building a Life Full of Success

Do you have friends or family members who have achieved immense success in their lives and you find yourself wishing you could have that the same?  Are you filled with envy toward the people who have everything they want? 

Most of us experience these feelings from time to time, but instead of allowing jealousy to make you miserable and negative, you can create your own success.  After all, you are the only person who can control how you define “success.” So instead of spending your time feeling jealous, you can spend your time filling your life with success.

Creating Success for Yourself

Many people spend their lives wondering when success is going to magically appear on their lap but, of course, it never happens this way.  If, instead, we spend less time dreaming and more time building, we’d be much happier and success will be well within our grasp.

Rather than waiting passively for success to whisk you away, it’s time to create your own version of success. When you are proactively taking steps every day, you have a better chance of realizing your goals. After all, it’s far more productive than watching other people achieve success.

A great way to create the successful life you have always hoped for is to set clear, actionable goals. How do you want your life to be defined? What do you want to be doing a year from now, five years from now, or even ten years from now? What sort of goals can you set for yourself that will help motivate you and keep you going in the right direction so you can reach out and grab what you want?

You will want to make sure the goals you set are attainable. The best way to do this is to start with short-term goals that help you work towards your long-term goals. This will help you move forward and build momentum without becoming discouraged. Besides, it’ll help to keep your eye on the prize.  If you set goals that are too ambitious, you will be more inclined to give up before you even get started.

Building a “Success!” Attitude

Your attitude and thoughts determine your success, so make sure they are congruent.  If you have some negative or self-defeating inner dialogues, it will be much more difficult for you to achieve your goals and build the life of success you have always wanted.  That’s why it’s a good idea to use the power of positive affirmations to propel you forward.

Affirmations can help people from all walks of life reach great success, even if they started out in the lowest of low places. So remember that success isn’t limited to the rich and famous!

Having a list of affirmations on hand can help you overcome those moments of self-doubt, envy, or even anger that you may feel toward others.  Affirmations are simple thoughts like, “Each simple, completed task propels me towards success,” or, “I am worthy of great success.” These affirmations help to remind you of what your goals are and, in turn, remind you that you are worthy of all you desire, and more!

A Foolproof Plan to Boost Your Confidence

Do you feel like you could benefit from strengthening your confidence? While it’s not 100% imperative to have confidence, it certainly makes life a lot easier.

You can still accomplish things without self-confidence, but would you actually try? If you don’t believe you’re going to be successful, you’ll likely throw in the towel before getting very far. Confidence can be elusive as our success ebbs and wanes.

How can you maintain your confidence through the ups and downs of life?

Try these tips. They’ll raise your self-confidence through the roof:

  1. Know thyself. Make a list of all of your strengths and capabilities. Include things that you seem to have a talent for but have never actually tried. Perhaps you’re reliable, intelligent, coordinated, and have excellent musical abilities.
  • Putting your positive qualities on paper will show you the many reasons you have to be self-confident. You’re already doing better than you think.

  • List your major achievements. Think about all the amazing things you’ve already accomplished. We tend to mentally linger on our perceived failures. Try lingering on the good stuff for a change. We can choose our thoughts, so choose wisely.

  • Make a list of your daily accomplishments. At the end of each day, make a list of all the things you accomplished.
  • Maybe you remembered to take the trash to the curb, pay all your bills on time, exercised for 30 minutes, and helped your child fix her bike.
  • It might sound trivial, but each of these little things matter.

  • Learn how to motivate yourself. Real,justified confidence comes from the ability to achieve goals. Achieving goals largely comes from the ability to stay motivated.
  • We all know it’s easier to put things off, procrastinate, and invent excuses for not applying ourselves.
  • Set yourself up to be successful each day. Come up with a few daily activities that will improve your life and also provide a sense of accomplishment.
  • For example, you might decide to read a certain number of pages in a book each night or exercise for 45 minutes each morning.
  • Stick with your plan and you’ll begin to trust yourself to follow through.
  • Take good care of yourself. Looking and feeling your best can contribute to your self-confidence. Take the time to stay healthy and fit. Dress well and practice good grooming habits.
  • If you take good care of yourself, you’ll start to believe you deserve it. And others will believe you deserve it, too. That’s great for your confidence level!

  • Set goals to boost your confidence. Setting goals is important. It allows you to see what areas of your life require the most confidence. If you have the goal of finding your perfect life partner, you might require more confidence than when it comes to introducing yourself to others.

  • Challenge your mind on a regular basis. Continue learning new things and keep your mind sharp. Everyone around you will find you interesting.
  • Consider reading, doing brain puzzles, staying on top of current events, improving your vocabulary, and playing games that require a lot of thought.

  • Work at it every day. Work to complete these simple steps continuously. Strive to better yourself in all of these areas each day.
  • Self-confidence is not a one-time event. It has to be cultivated over time. Growing your self-confidence is not much different from growing vegetables in a garden.

Having a high level of confidence makes life so much more enjoyable. By executing a simple action plan, increasing your confidence can be fun and interesting.

Consider drawing up your own personalized self-confidence action plan. It can be incredibly rewarding. By taking charge of your life, you’ll boost your confidence even higher.

Entrepreneurial Success: Enhance Your Mindset to Increase Your Revenue

While the first step to become an entrepreneur is locating a profitable business idea, the true foundation of entrepreneurial success rests within your mindset. A good idea can take you only so far. However, true determination to stop at nothing to achieve your goals can carry you through to the finish line.

You may have hundreds – if not thousands – of competitors in your field. Many of them sell the exact same product as you. Yet, one business may be raking in huge monthly revenue, while the other can barely get off the ground.

So, what separates these two businesses? It’s the difference in mindset of the entrepreneurs behind the ventures. The successful businessperson boasts a heightened business mindset that leads to higher revenue. The unsuccessful one may know a thing or two about business, but he’s okay with doing the bare minimum.

Below is a chart that displays the key differences in the mindsets of a successful and unsuccessful entrepreneur. Adopt the mindset philosophies of the successful entrepreneur and you’ll happily discover that your profits increase as well!

The Mindset of the Successful Entrepreneur

  • Always reaches higher and focuses on the up-sell. He knows how to turn $5 into $20.
  • Has an elevator speech prepared and will recite it to anyone who’s willing to listen.
  • Values the power of marketing and employs proven marketing tactics. He markets whether business is booming or in a lull.
  • Believes in his ability to achieve the best and constantly pushes himself beyond his comfort zone for the greater good of his business.
  • Believes that customer service is just as important as promotion and providing quality products.
  • Is a problem solver. He can allocate funds as if it were his natural talent. He knows how to run a tight ship in order to keep revenue up and overhead down.
  • Values his intuition over the advice of another. He truly understands what’s best for his business.
  • Keeps moving when things are slow. He’s always quickly moving on to the next task that must be done to improve his business.
  • Thrives under pressure. He’s always attentive and alert. When his business begins to see red, he is an entrepreneurial hero.
  • Implements sound ideas into his existing business plan in order to increase revenue, customer service, and promotion.
  • Stands his ground. He confronts rotten eggs with a cool attitude and a firm intent. He notices everything and handles all confrontation with class.

The Mindset of the Unsuccessful Entrepreneur

  • Believes that good enough really is good enough. He believes that a dollar in revenue is better than no revenue at all.
  • Feels embarrassed to toot his own horn and often downplays the complexity of his business.
  • Employs marketing tactics only when business is slow. He’s all about cutting corners, and when business is booming, marketing expenses seem unnecessary.
  • Allows his personal low self-esteem to translate into his business leadership. Because of this, his marketing, networking, public perception, and revenue take a hit.
  • Customer service is an afterthought. He takes personal offense to most customer complaints.
  • Is a problem solver only when it comes to menial issues, but he cracks under pressure when the hard times come knocking.
  • Ignores his intuition and runs to all the wrong people for advice before taking action.
  • He takes advantage of the slow times in his business to indulge in his personal life while he should be working.
  • May thrive under pressure, but it’s his fear that keeps him going rather than his optimism. This same fear can cause panicky, unwise decisions.
  • Lets his ideas lie dormant until his business is bringing in more money.
  • Stands his ground and he does so with an overly aggressive and threatening attitude. His business mindset is out the window when he feels as if he’s being taken advantage of.

As you can see, a heightened mindset – a willingness to succeed and take risks for your business – is the foundation for attaining higher profits. By following the mindset of the successful entrepreneur, you’ll experience the success you’ve been dreaming about in your business.

The Happy Bullfrog

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Billy Bob and Percy shared a lovely pond. This afternoon, just as every afternoon, the two bullfrogs were lazily perched on lily pads taking in the warm sunshine.

It didn’t take long for a fly to flitter past Billy Bob. “Mmmmm,” said Billy Bob. “That was fine and juicy! Absolutely delicious!”

Soon after, Percy also caught a fly. He munched on it with a sour look on his face, swallowed it with a grunt, and then said, “Well, that was a skinny fly. Quite disgusting, actually.”

As the afternoon wore on, Billy Bob caught many fine flies, each one as tasty as the one before. Percy’s flies all left something to be desired. Then Billy Bob remarked, “What a fine life we have here, Percy. Good food, great weather, and excellent songs for our evening pleasure. I think I’ll enjoy a nap before the sun goes down.”

“It doesn’t seem so great to me,” muttered Percy. “The flies are skinny, it’s too hot out here, and you can’t even carry a tune.”

That night, under a full moon, Billy Bob sang out his gratitude with joy and all his friends in the nearby ponds hopped over to share in his happiness.

His inner beauty shone like a beacon in the night. Even the night moths were drawn to it, providing a feast for the evening’s fare!

Percy sat nearby in the dark, complaining about how Billy Bob gets everything he wants, while he has to scrape by, all alone.

Isn’t it remarkable how Billy Bob and Percy could live in the same place, with the exact same circumstances, and yet lead two very different lives? The critical difference was that Billy Bob felt gratitude for what he had.

Like Billy Bob, if you feel gratitude for your blessings, more good things will come your way. Your good feelings attract more good back to you.

For example, if you desire more money, be thankful for the paycheck you just received, no matter how small it may have been. Truly feeling grateful for it attracts more back to you! On the other hand, if you focus on how small your paycheck is, that’s a lack mentality, which attracts more lack back to you. If you wish that your spouse would be more loving toward you, try gratitude! You’ll see just how much gratitude can change your whole relationship for the better. Be thankful even for the little things your spouse does. Say “Thank you” and let them know how you appreciate what they do. Discover creative ways to express your gratitude on a daily basis.

One of our basic needs is the desire to feel appreciated. The more you express sincere gratitude to your spouse, the more your spouse will want to please you.

This attraction works in every area of your life: the financial, spiritual, emotional, and even physical dimensions.

You can start each day on a good note by giving thanks for the gift of this beautiful day when you wake up in the morning. At night, reflect on all the good things from that day. Try feeling gratitude for your blessings for a week and see what a difference it can make in your life!

Self-Reflection Questions:

  • Do I feel thankful for my blessings?
  • Do I express my gratitude to others when they brighten my day?
  • How can I incorporate more gratitude into my daily life?