Even though it was raining this morning, I still chose to take my Dog, Prince, for a walk around the Park that is just down the road from my house in Cardiff. I realised that I was one of only a handful of people in the park and I found myself observing the beautiful spring trees, the blossoms and the rest of the park’s scenery. I felt totally relaxed and centred.
It was an incredibly refreshing experience because I have been especially busy lately and it was amazing to be able to stand there and think freely.
I started to feel genuinely lucky. If things had transpired slightly differently in my life I may not have been able to walk or even be alive today. I felt lucky to be able to be able to experience the sights, smells and sounds of the park and this was compounded by my gratitude for being able to actually walk around it. I felt an immense gratitude for the fact that I am spending my days doing what I absolutely love to do, which is give my all, writing, speaking and coaching on topics that allow people to improve their lives. As is always the way; these positive thoughts seemed to attract more positive thoughts. I started thinking about my beautiful family and my lifelong friends.
I progressed to think about how fortunate that I am to have had so many different experiences before the age of 26. Everything that I have been through so far; both the positive and the negative experiences have made me who I am today. I have suffered from a massive amount of rejection, pain and failure. I have made many mistakes and awful decisions. However, every one of these of things have allowed me to develop into the person that I am right now.
I feel gratitude for all of the experiences. The negative ones actually provided me with the motivation that I needed at the time to push forward in life. All of the amazingly positive experiences have added depth, celebration and a true sense of worth that I will always remember. Whatever has happened in my life, I have decided to use them to fuel my human potential and create a new destiny for myself.
If I hadn’t been on the ‘Jermaine Harris Roller Coaster’, who knows what I’d be doing? The chances are I would have just ended up with an average existence, with less friends and definitely much less motivation.
I went on to think about how grateful that I am for the proactive decisions that I have made over the last 3 years. The decisions that have led me to be obsessed with improving my life and passionate about improving the lives of others. I felt grateful for taking the scary decision to quit a well paid job that I was good at to start my own coaching business and ultimately become an author.
These positive thoughts were simply magnetic. It was at this point that I decided that I was going to share this information with you. I wanted to help you to be aware of the fact that it is…
...Gratitude and Appreciation that allow us to experience true fulfilment.
I know that this may sound like an old cliché but the fact of the matter is, most members of society are not taking the time think about being grateful. They are so busy paying attention to the next payslip or ‘becoming successful’ that the things that they can be truly grateful for are totally eluding them. Of course a massive part of what I do is focused on success but I have become increasingly aware of the fact that ‘achievement’ isn’t going to make you happy.
What will make you happy is the person that you develop into.
I want you to imagine yourself as an empty cup and take on the belief that the skill involved with continuous happiness is filling that cup every single day with the gratitude and appreciation for the things that you actually have.
When was the last time that you actually did this? I mean genuinely took the time to focus on the things that feel fortunate to have or experience in your life.
It will be an amazing gift that you will give yourself because you will be attracting the love, validation and respect that you want from other people and you’ll be creating it in your own mind. As you do this more regularly and your ‘cup’ is filled with gratitude every day you will develop an emotional strength without having to depend on other people.
The whole process becomes life changing and exciting when you realise how comfortable that you are in your own skin, how much you feel compelled to contribute to the lives of others and how ’emotionally fulfilled’ you feel every day.
Realise that the only reason you want to be successful is because it will give you ‘Good Feelings’. Why not experience them in advance?
To achieve this spend 10 Minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening, thinking about or even better, writing down, all of the things that you are grateful for.
I’d love for you to comment below, stating the things that you are grateful for. Thank you 🙂