Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation felt by the recipient of gifts, help, or other types of generosity towards the giver of such gifts. Gratitude is a powerful process of shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want into your life. It unlocks the fullness of life.
We are all surrounded by blessings and reasons to be grateful, but few realize this, due to obsessively rushing to get to the next thing.
When you are grateful for what you already have, and work hard for what you don’t have, you will attract more good things. Gratitude opens the doors to abundance, self-power, wisdom, and the creativity of the entire Universe.
“Gratitude unlocks all that’s blocking us from really being happy.”
When you cultivate gratitude in your life, it’s like a self-control buffer too. It not only attracts the good things in your life, it also helps you resist temptation from toxic habits you are trying to rid yourself of.
By taking time to count your blessings and focus on things that you are grateful for, you enhance your self-control, and this helps you increase patience.
Gratitude Leads to Patience
There is no need to keep waiting to live the life of abundance you deserve. You can start living it right now by developing just the right mindset.
The virtue of patience is a quiet one, it is often exhibited behind closed doors, not on a public stage. In public, it is the impatient ones who grab all our attention. Grumbling customers in long lines at the grocery store, the friend who complains about how long it’s taking to find a long-term lover, the boss who wants things yesterday.
Recent studies have found that sure enough, good things really do come to those who wait.
“When we cultivate patience, we cultivate abundance.”
Patience is a form of kindness. Patient people tend to be more forgiving, more equitable, more grateful, more empathic, and more cooperative. When patient people come together, abundance is achieved faster.
To cultivate patience, we need to practice gratitude. People feeling grateful are also better at patiently delaying satisfaction. When given the choice between getting an immediate cash reward or waiting for a whole year for a larger amount, less grateful people will choose the immediate payment offer.
Grateful people, however, could hold out until the end of the whole year for the full amount. If we’re thankful for what we have today, we’re not desperate for more stuff, or better circumstances immediately. Accumulation over time leads to abundance.
Patience Leads to a Better Life
Having patience can calm your mind and make you feel more grateful, more connected to humanity and to the Universe, and a greater sense of abundance.
Patience can improve your health too. Patient people are less likely to report health problems, because patience helps one to cope with stressful and upsetting situations.
In a world filled with aggressive and often selfish people, demanding jobs, self-entitled children and a demanding family life, we need patience just to survive it all.
A Dutch proverb says, “A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.”
Patient people make better decisions and achieve better results in life by waiting for the right time and opportunities.
Leonardo da Vinci is credited with saying, “Patience serves as protection against wrongs… as clothes do against cold.
When we observe nature, it becomes clear that everything works in an orderly fashion, and that vegetation comes in different seasons. You can’t rush the growth of a fruit tree, just as you can’t change when it’s winter vs. summer.
Patience give us strength and endurance. Patience is a form of restriction. Think about a light bulb. The tighter the filament (restriction) between the positive and negative poles, the brighter the bulb shines. If you connect both poles without filament (restriction) you get a big flash and burn out.
“Having patience also means being able to calmly face adversity.”
When we practice patience, we allow more Light to shine in our lives. We give time for the bigger picture to emerge, and this provides us access to a better life instead of the burn out that comes from fast gratification.
In my recent Rant & Grow life coaching podcast, I spoke with a young entrepreneur who has taken on the responsibility to elevate the living standards of his entire family. Bogdan was being a little hard on himself for not having fully achieved his financial goals yet. Mind you, he is 23 years old.
“Patience produces character, and character produces hope.”
I don’t know many 23-year old’s taking on the big responsibility of financially caring for an entire family. Gratitude starts with appreciating yourself, and who you are, and with self-acknowledgement. We focused our discussion on being grateful for his spirit of kindness, and generosity.
Bogdan learned from the coaching session that it is okay not to have achieve everything yet. We have to learn to take our time towards big desires. Greatness takes time. Rome was not built in one day, and similarly careers can’t be build in just one day.
After helping him develop gratitude for himself, we shifted our focus on developing patience. Patience is a way of being kind with yourself, and allowing yourself to learn and grow and expand in such a way that is sustainable for the long haul
“Patience is the key to unlocking your fullest potential that will lead to a more fulfilling life”
Listen in as we talk about ways to apply gratitude and grow in patience, in order to achieve goals and maintain the right mind-set of perseverance.
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