Getting nitty-gritty about gratitude

In honour of US Thanksgiving, I am trying out a new gratitude practise today (via Marie Forleo).  Turns out the more specific and detailed we are about what we are grateful for, the more impact it has on us and contributes to our well-being.

I am truly grateful for all of the people who put themselves and their experiences out there so the rest of us can learn from them.  It could be in any field: health, emotional well-being, success… whatever.  They overcame their personal hurdles and told us about it so we wouldn’t have to feel alone or figure out the same stuff all by ourselves.

In fact, that is exactly why I write about success on my website – not because I know it all, it is because majority of success comes from the six inches or so between our ears.

“Ninety percent of the game is half mental.”
-Yogi Berra, American baseball legend

Despite my book-smart big brain, I have had a LOT of beliefs and behaviours that were not serving my quest to be successful, to make a difference in this world.  I had to get the frick out of my own way (many, many times).

I share my journey so that if you’re stuck where I’ve been stuck, you can unequivocally say to yourself “if she can do it, I can do it!”.  So that if you’ve been there and got the t-shirt, you’ve got company.

Specifically, here are a few of the teachers I am grateful to (and for):

T. Harv Eker.  I am grateful to him (and his team) for really opening my eyes and having such a direct, in your face approach.  It was what I needed to wake up and start understanding the meaning of self-responsibility (as in I create my life, life doesn’t happen to me).  I still use many of the tools he teaches in his free seminar the Millionaire Mind.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Marie Forleo.  Marie really supports and encourages entrepreneurs in her B-school program and her free videos on YouTube.  While the course is fantastic and definitely helped me, I love quotes and she gives a few doozies in B-school that really had some immediate shifts for me.  This one by Martha Graham rocked my world and helped me deal with my terror of putting myself out there as a clothing designer.

Jack Canfield. I thought of myself as a big thinker until I read his book The Aladdin Factor and undertook the task of writing 101 wishes of the things I wanted to be, to do and to have.  The first time around it was hard to get past twenty!  It was absolutely the antidote for thinking small.

Tim Ferriss.  I laughed my way through the Four Hour Work Week.  He presents such great tools and ways of reframing what is possible in all of his books.  I am so grateful for the clarity I got around my hidden desire to be full-out and engaged in projects and then take mini-retirements, instead of toiling away for someday.  I love how he is all about results, and getting results fast.  My impatient self is very appreciative.

My grandfather.  While he didn’t always practise what he taught, there isn’t very much that I’ve put into practise that he didn’t tell me about first.  He definitely primed the pump so I was ready for all of my later teachers and tried to give me the foundation to fulfill the greatness he saw inside me.

Do you have a favorite person, book or course that really shaped your path to success or helped you overcome a personal issue?  I’d be honoured if you’d share in the comments below.

To your success,
Melanie
CEO & Founder, Front Room
More than clothes, confidence.™

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