I often see people too quickly people build others up and then cut them down – the ‘tall poppy’ syndrome. I say enough! I’m working on supporting all poppies, whatever height.
Spend at least the rest of April noticing stories of people who achieve some kind of greatness or goal and be genuinely happy for them without assuming they had more help than you or a better start. Encourage people to be the best they can be and will them to reach even greater success.
I’ve realised there is an abundance of opportunities in this world and focussing on achieving greatness will help you enjoy your share. Being negative or bitter about what other people have will only bring you down and put limitations on your own journey.
This attitude of gratitude stuff works. It really does!
I’ve connected and reconnected with people. I’ve created space for amazing things to happen and opportunities are coming to me in droves both personally and professionally.
I’m not the only one reporting changes. I’m getting phone calls from people, messages in my inbox, on Twitter, Facebook and on the ‘Share’ page of Grateful in April from people who are having positive life-changing experiences – and the month is not over yet!
Today I’m seeking information from others who have some pearls of wisdom to share.
There is much to be gained by reading inspirational books, listening to educational audiotapes or attending seminars and workshops. These days you can learn from the comfort of your own home by attending webinars and watching clips on the Internet.
Even if you prefer reading other book genres, make a habit of reading even a few pages of something motivational each day. Notice if your outlook and outcomes change.
While donating a few cents each day may not feel like it’s going to make a big impact, if everybody did the same, it would make a massive difference.
No donation is too small, especially if you can encourage others to join you in supporting a great cause. You can make a one-off gift or sign up to make it a regular thing – many workplaces will even match your giving.
Some faiths give 10 per cent of their income to charity or a cause they believe in. Other people feed a special piggy bank to donate. Many people embark on fundraising activities to support their favourite cause.
Whatever your motivation for selecting a beneficiary, ensure you give from a place in you that feels good about making a donation. Many people say that when you give with good intentions, great things come into your life.
Another option to consider is contributing to your community (if you haven’t already, sign up to www.madwoman.com.au – we will have new opportunities coming up where you can meet others while giving back).
Helping those less fortunate than you is a great way of making yourself feel good and to give your recipients a reason to foster an attitude of gratitude themselves.
My great aunt Stella has just turned 95. Her ongoing advice to me has been to be grateful for what I have and to make sure I really live my life.
This is sage advice from a woman who continues to have an amazing mind and sense of humour and who is stuck in a body that struggles to do anything. She longs for the days when she had her independence and got more enjoyment from her life.
I know many people who take their freedom to move freely for granted. This hits home every time I am in contact with people who have lost the use of a body part or never had it to begin with.