Expressing Gratitude in the Face of Obstacles

Expressing Gratitude in the Face of Obstacles

As a new practitioner, you might feel overwhelmed by how much you don’t how and how much more there is to learn about your new career.

However, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to stop and be thankful for where you are at in the moment—even in the face of obstacles.

We often do not consider the practice of expressing gratitude while discussing the principles of success. Growing up, most of us were taught to express our gratitude by saying “thank you.” We were taught to be grateful for what we have.

There is a power in gratitude that most people do not understand. An attitude of gratitude can change everything because expressing gratitude instantly shifts your energy. It puts you in harmony with your source of energy supply so that the good energy in everything moves toward you. Offering gratitude for all that you have and all that you desire is a lesson in truth.

Expressing Gratitude

Giving thanks can be even more powerful when life is filled with obstacles. They come in many shapes and forms. Perhaps some obstacles you are already facing are passing your exams, finding your first job, opening a private practice full time or part time. And to top it off, the timing of all these things can be difficult: creating a website, marketing, daily activity management, time for self-care and the list goes on.

You can let obstacles stop you or you can figure out how to move around them or through them. At times the obstacles of entering a new profession can feel overwhelming. Keep in mind, there is value in the obstacles you face. You must never forget this!

If life is our classroom, “obstacles” are often our teachers. And just like in school, you learn something from each one. Remember, success is both a goal and a journey. It is who you are becoming as you journey toward your goal that is most important. It is the becoming that propels you toward your success. The deep richness of your journey is who you become in the process.

Trusting in the Challenges

If you have challenges in your life that are dominating your thinking—a shortage of money, a difficult client, a difficult business decision—you will have a tendency to focus on the problem, and by doing that, you add energy to the problem. And then the problem grows.

The next time things don’t seem to be going your way, just stop what you’re doing, and think about all the things you have to be grateful for. That may not always be easy, but if you do it, everything will start to shift in an instant. Just like snapping your fingers. What you give gratitude to can only grow.

Your road to success is often a series of ups and downs. Obstacles and setbacks are often placed in your path to allow new learning to unfold. Life is one big classroom – be open to the lessons.

The only way to lead yourself is from within.

Kathy Ginn, LMT, BCTMB, is the creator of Ethical Dimensions and Life Empowered Institute. She is a body-centered Hakomi practitioner, Proctor-Gallagher Thinking into Results consultant, teacher, coach and mentor. She offers body-centered coaching and continuing education focusing on personal and professional development along with courses in Ethics as Right Use of Power. Her courses are offered through webinars and experiential classroom learning.

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