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Gratitude Is Refreshingly Magical

Gratitude is a state of mind.     
Today, and everyday,  I celebrate the energy of gratitude. So much has been already said and written about gratitude. That’s why I want to take a different tack.
Predictably, we are entering the celebratory end of the year. So much of the “noise” is hype, and it’s difficult to escape it. The good news is that gratitude is a year-round attitude.
First, please allow me the assumption that energy vibrates throughout the universe, like microwaves and colors. Given that premise, gratitude is also a vibration. It is powerful, and can be magnetic. Like all things molecular, there are positive and negative charges to things. Although visually unseen, we can view the manifestation of gratitude. We know it when we see it! We recognize it in others.
Since gratitude is a state of mind, so I don’t just air it out at the year-end holiday times. I invoke it toward shifting my personal views or clients’. In coaching, we often use perspectives as tools. When a client comes to a session, they are in a perspective. Often, they need to shift to a different perspective to fully realize what they want or what action to take. It is magical because it works. Sometimes, changing a perspective is as simple as walking around your chair or sitting in a different position, or doing something out of your routine. Whatever the mechanics, gratitude works similarly.
Often, viewed in terms of blessings, gratitude is an awareness of one’s state of being. It can reflect what resources, conditions, feelings, and people are involved in our spheres. It can manifest in sharing and wanting to give from a spiritual or soul place of abundance (it’s difficult to give to another from scarcity.)
So, how can we actively invoke gratitude?
Many attribute gratitude to luck rather than reviewing the path of preparation and diligence of being prepared to receive and achieve. The power is in the actions we do toward our goals. That’s why I believe so much is said about the journey, not the destination! I’m grateful when I have the energy to see my actions through.
When we don’t take things for granted or entitled, we have heightened awareness that the gratitude force is in our lives. It opens us to share and makes room to receive more.
I find the little things can be filled with gratitude and celebrating them. They are more abundant, therefore, can raise our awareness more frequently. For example, going to the dog park with my beloved American Eskimo, is joyful for me. It is an actual feeling and brings me calm and serenity. I store it up for a time when I need it to remind myself of my blessings.

Gratitude is humbling, especially when we realize how precious life is. For me, I want to honor life and “show up” for my family, friends, clients, and strangers as my best self. That can be hard when a surly waitress comes to the table, for example. In such a case, I make an extra effort to understand she may have had a disastrous phone call or was up all night with a sick relative. Then, I shower her with kindness and call her by name. Amazing how this turns the energy of the situation around.
Gratitude is non-competitive
It thrives in abundance and never runs out. Dropping one’s competitive drive to one of understanding and service works wonders! I only compete with myself to improve what can be.
Often, gratitude is a compass.
When we are self aware and understand the impact we have on others, gratitude can guide us to higher ground to be our higher selves. It opens doors and improves our likability factor! Not to be dismissed, our likability factor can be the difference between being hired, a photo finish in a race, or positioning in one’s career.

There is one requirement gratitude asks of us
we must stop swirling in our lives long enough to observe and to listen to the vibrations around us. Once we are still, the gratitude in our lives can manifest, and we can enjoy what it brings. 

Joy to you all. —MC


As a credentialed business coach and analyst, one of my primary functions is to work with individuals and company managers to clarify where they are presently, where they would like to advance, and what tools they have and need to achieve their desired outcome.

I use a variety of tools to assess perceptions including Platinum Rule instruments, my experience and training in assessing behavior. My preferred tool is the EQ-i®, emotional intelligence inventory. I have specialized training on the EQ-i® and DISC Inventories and access to multiple other sources including a company culture index. I prefer the EQ-i® because it is the least judgmental instrument I have found. It focuses on strengths and areas of development related to the goals set by the individual. For example, people are more likely to apply the EQ-i®’s information rather than label themselves by the Myers-Briggs categories.

1 Comment
  • Wes Zimmerman
    9:46 PM, 6 December 2015

    Very good Michelle,
    Wes Zimmerman

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