Gratitude builds a bridge to wealth. Yes, it can build a bridge to financial wealth. Perhaps more surprisingly—and more importantly—it builds a bridge to a rich, fulfilling life. In reality, building a rich fulfilling life actually makes financial riches more probable.
I base my life on the conviction that a “Vibrant Life” is pulsating with energy and enthusiasm. I am grateful to my creator that I have a natural inclination for the positive. While some may not identify with this bent, I can tell you that even I, a serious optimist, need to fuel myself to live a vibrant life. And I have learned that gratitude is high-octane fuel! When you are grateful, you get filled up—fulfilled, energized and (consequently) enthusiastic. In essence, when you cultivate gratitude you become VIBRANT!
I need you. And, you need me. While most of you reading this are industrious, hard-working, impressive individuals, the truth is you cannot go it alone. You must depend on others.
Though you may have a sparkling personality, great skills, and a treasured talent, you don’t have everything you need to navigate life. The reality is: as individuals, we are limited. When we try to do it all ourselves, we come up short. The possibilities really open up when we join with others who complement and round out who we are at the core. That’s why we get married, join a social club, and have a best friend. These alliances make us stronger. They can help make our dreams come true. Our alliances can change the world.
Don’t go looking for it in all the wrong places. In fact, don’t even try to figure out the right places! Love is not something you find. Love is something you tap into. Love was the beginning of you. At your conception, love produced your very existence. Love dwells in every cell of your body. The challenge is to acknowledge this reality and make a commitment to love.
Love is a choice you make. Love is a commitment. And most importantly, love is a verb. You have to “do” love. Love done every day, in every thought, word, and action is the ultimate habit work.
If “life is what you make of it,” then we must seize the day. In Latin, the familiar phrase is Carpe Diem. Literally translated, “Carpe diem” means to enjoy the day or to pluck is as if it were a perfect piece of fruit. The energy implied, but often overlooked, is full of joy!
Imagine what your life would be like if you met each day joyfully, taking on the things that you know would create your best year yet?
It would be AMAZING. Right?
Just think about it. Within your power is the opportunity to:
The very first thing we encounter in the morning is the irreverent and irritating interruption of the alarm clock. This is just the beginning of the assault of noise and distractions that permeates our days. As our world begins to wake up, TVs, radios, conversations, and appliances begin to create a vibration of chaos all around us. Unnerved, we move from a state of rest to overload before the sun has even come up.
Creating a quiet space at the beginning of the day is essential to our well-being.
People have, on occasion, pointed out plainly that I have a character trait that is noteworthy. These individuals, on purpose and without remorse, boldly looked me in the face and made this statement...
"Nicole, you are an optimist.”
While their words aimed to bring me shame, I rejoice in the fact that I choose to:
Myrtle Clara Catherine Charlotte Wittkop Hehl raised me. As a child, I marveled at the length of her name. It delighted me to say it, tell my friends about her unique moniker and hear Gramma’s stories time and time again of the women who led her in many different ways to become the woman she was. Gramma Myrt was named after every single one of her grandmothers for a reason.
Your virtual coaching session this week engages the "E" in the S.H.I.N.E. Coaching Methodology™—Energy. Succinctly, your energy is limited. Knowing this fact is one thing. Acknowledging it is a whole other thing. The vibrant individual is one who understands and acts.