Season 2 – epiBLOG 13:
SEPTEMBER THEME – “TRANSFORMATION”
After reading Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles, attending one of his week-long seminars last month, and listening to his CD’s, I look at life from a different perspective. You could easily say that the information that he provided transformed my mindset in a way that is helping me to be a better version of myself.
One of the key ideas that stands out to me the most is the idea of gratitude. Most people would think, “What does gratitude have to do with being successful?” I was never against being thankful, but I did often wonder how that effectively played into being successful within this world.
As usual, Jack Canfield words old ideologies in new ways and somehow makes them applicable to real life in the present day. He simply has a way about him. He says that as we are grateful for all of the things that we actually have in our lives, the universe will basically expand and give us more to be grateful for. In other words, instead of complaining about what you don’t have, consider all the good that is in your life that you can be genuinely grateful and excited about. I suppose the gracious and excited energy attracts more into your life for you to be excited about. And I have found this to be true from experience.
I know… easier said than done at times. But definitely possible.
I know how easy it is to get caught up in focusing on how many times your business ideas have failed, how many times romantic relationships didn’t end well, or how your teenager is withdrawn from you no matter how many times you reach out to them… or how many rejections you’ve experienced on the road to evolving into some successful artist. I get it. Sometimes we don’t want to say “thank you.” But let’s turn this around for just a moment…
I want you to consider all of the times that you’ve done something special for another person or just went that extra mile for that friend, family member, or colleague. And not that you were expecting anything in return for your good deed, but somehow felt a little empty on the inside when you didn’t even receive a “thank you” for your efforts. How did that make you feel? This rarely happens to me, but when it does, I feel underappreciated and slightly empty. I wanted to make someone else happy and they didn’t even acknowledge my gesture.
Imagine that the universe feels the same way.
You’ve been given the talent to sing, to write, to speak, to draw, to sculpt, to direct, to create… and you can’t be thankful for that talent? Or how about being grateful for all of the awesome people that have come into your life that have helped to move you and your art career forward? To all of those who offered a hand and believed in you when no one else did, don’t you think some gratitude is in order? Artists cannot do anything without the support of others – emotionally, and sometimes financially due to the “abstract-ness” that is art.
I have a lot to be thankful for – I have the most awesome people in my life. My fiancé, her son, my parents, my son, healthy friendships, all the new friends that I’ve met recently, my talents as a writer, director, and producer, my health, my home, my paid off car, my production company, my home office… my ability to regroup with sugar and water when life hands me a bag of sour lemons.
Today’s LESSON is to be grateful in all that you have no matter how much you feel you’re lacking in life.
FUN ASSIGNMENT: This is one of many of Jack’s suggestions, but I would also suggest from personal experience to buy a composition book or some sort of journal, and make it your “Gratitude Journal.” Every night before you go to bed, write down a list of things that you were grateful for within that day. If nothing else, doing this will make you realize all of the good that you have in your life consistently. Additionally, if you take it a step further, re-read through your list each night when you are done. You will feel the excitement growing within you. It’s always exciting when you think about things that make you happy. Excited people tend to move forward and make things happen!