It is so hard these days to really be grateful, thankful and to stay motivated, yet, if we want to live an empowered life and live according to be biblical principles, we must do so. We should live a life of gratitude and be self-motivated to truly be happy and empowered.
So why are most of us not being thankful and find it so hard to be and stay motivated? It comes down to focus. As simple as that sounds, many people are not grateful and have the motivation they need to push ahead because of where their focus lies.
What you focus on will either drain your energy and cause you to feel and live miserable, or it can push you to have the life you want and while you are moving forward it motivates you. Not only that, if you focus on all the bad that is going on in your life then it will be hard for you to really be thankful as you will only be seeing the negatives in your life and the world around you. What are you happy about in your life right now? If you can’t think of any, what could you be happy about if you wanted to?
Focus on that, look at the good things that are going on in your life right now, things you are proud of, could be your family, your health, your career, you made a million dollars last month, whatever it is and focus on that. Not saying you should lose sight of your dreams, but while you are moving towards fulfillment, choose to be happy now, it’s a choice we all have to make. If you look around in the world, economy, in your own life, I am sure you can find things that could make you angry, frustrated, lose hope, but that’s a choice. Choose the things that will not hurt you but help you. Does anything I just said make sense to you
So what are few secrets of really being grateful and staying motivated? Here are some tips on how you can be grateful or thankful and be motivated:
1) Make it a habit to say thank you to others.
Thanking others will not only let them feel appreciated, but you will feel good about yourself and build your own self-esteem, that’s one of the miss beauty about being grateful.
Each day you take time to say ‘thank you’ to someone you will feel better inside, feel happier and more content with yourself and life. When you develop an attitude of gratitude that flows forth from you in all of your interactions with others, you will be amazed at how popular you will become and how eager others will be to help you in whatever you are doing.
2) Praise And Approve Others Continually
How often do you praise others for things they have done to you, for some contribution they have made or just a general praise? Praising and approval others will make them feel important and motivate them to continue being who they are, or to continue doing what they are doing; it empowers them. When you praise others they will feel good about themselves, be happier and feel motivated. They might even play and important role in your personal growth or success, business and other aspects of your life. Ken Blanchard in his book The One Minute Manager, encourages us to go around giving praises to people and see how much more people will like you and more willing to help you with your goals.
3) Practice The Law Of Reciprocity
There is a psychological law of reciprocity that says, “If you make me feel good about myself, I will find a way to make you feel good about yourself.”
What this law is saying that if you help enough people to achieve their goals, they will also help you to achieve your goals. It’s a win-win situation. As the Bible says:
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”- Luke 6: 38
When you help people with whatever they are doing no matter how small, when you look for opportunities to be kind to others, to say an encouraging word, to give a praise, when you make people feel good about themselves, you will feel good about yourself and your kindness will come back around to you. I remember one time I really needed to make a phone call, I saw a guy working at a gas station, a guy I thought I have never seen before, and asked him for a phone call. He was only too happy to let me use his phone to make as he started reminding me of what I did for him some time ago, something I had no recollection of.
4) Pay Attention And Listen To Others
People like to feel that they are being heard and what they have to say is important, if you can do that then you will be well like. Paying attention to what others are saying is an important way to build their self-esteem and make them feel important.
We have gotten so caught up in our own world that many of us do not really stop to pay close attention to what others are saying, if you want to live an empowered life and to empower others you cannot be one of the millions of people who do not take time to listen to others.
5) Build Others Whenever the Opportunity Arises To Do So
I cannot emphasize this enough, 3 important ways to empower people is to show appreciation to them, approval and attention. It is not very hard if you really think about it to say thank you to someone or to give them a praise for every accomplishment. If you pay close attention And pay close attention to them when they talk they will also do the same, if not then then others will. Sometimes it is not the people you do kindness to that will repay you, it is people you don’t know. Mastering these 3 behaviors will make you a master of human interaction and will greatly empower the people around you.
I hope that you will start putting these things into practice in your own personal life and business relations. If you do, you will be amaze at the returns.
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