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Gratitude and Appreciation


The habit of gratitude is an interesting habit; it’s a way of life. Are you practicing it?

What does it do for you?

Take a moment… notice where you are…. what can you see?  Look around you?  Are you holding your phone in your hand or looking at your computer or maybe your iPad? What is to the right or left? What are your hands doing? Where are your feet?  What can you hear?  You can see so much at this moment; hundreds of things are going on around you.

So much we take for granted and yet if it were all gone we would miss it.  Gratitude is the practice of being aware of what is here and now, focusing on appreciation rather than ALL the things we view as wrong.

What does being in gratitude do for you and how can it contribute to your success, happiness and prosperity?

 Gratitude is awareness of what is present

It’s about waking up in this moment and being here – really being here – and noticing what’s around us. Most people are so busy thinking about the next thing, or about their terrible past, who did them wrong or what is wrong with a particular person, place or thing rather than choosing to see what is right in front 2013-11-05 21.08.57of you.

Gratitude is about honoring YOUR precious life.

Do you ever compare your life with someone else’s? Do you ever wish your life were better and more like, your friend, your neighbor, or a successful person you know?  Sometimes we can lose ourselves in wondering how we “measure up” to some standard set by our families or media.  Comparison shuts our mind down.  Gratitude wakes us up.

Gratitude requires that you validate your own life.  It forces us to say YES to the gift of who you are. The choices you made and the changes you’ve gone through— they have brought you here. Even if here is a place that needs a little adjustment, that’s okay. Being here in this moment is a gift and one to appreciate.

Being in gratitude brings more to be grateful for

It’s difficult to attract abundance and joy if you are constantly saying “no” or complaining about what IS.  You say “no” each time you focus on the past, or when you criticize something that is in your present moment.

Attraction is about saying Yes.  When you say Yes, you shift in a positive direction.

Gratitude says, “Yes, I love this!”  Yes, I want this!  Yes, I appreciate this!

Gratitude is a choice

How you translate any situation is the situation. What you choose to see is the truth (for you).

I’m not saying to live in denial or phoniness.  You get to choose your attitude about anything and everything.

You always have a choice when it comes to how you look at things. Choose to choose gratitude.

Gratitude is about wisdom.

We can choose to criticize, complain, and focus on the problems of the world. We can look at what is wrong with everything.  Ask yourself … “Is that who I want to be? Does that make me happy?”

Or we can make a conscious decision to look at what is positive, right or good and appreciate it.

 Gratitude is about recognition.

Use your power of focus to become aware of what is beautiful and what makes your heart sing. Recognize what is around you waiting to be noticed.

It is powerful to write in a “Gratitude Journal” every day, to take that moment to bring the things forward you appreciate. Like the stack of bills you have waiting to be paid, someone trusted you already for services or things.  (See my “Personal Freedom Journal”, a guided journal that will give you an opportunity to embrace the habit of gratitude.)

It is a creative act to notice and pay attention to the moments of your life. Some days it’s an enormous act of creativity to find things to be thankful for however it can be done with practice.

What we focus on we create and when we are grateful it brings us more to be grateful for, so you can’t go wrong with gratitude.  It is your power to create, recognize and appreciate yourself, the goodness in your life.  You are amazing, unique and worthy just because you are here … embrace that. 

Sometimes when I feel down or struggle, I start to write about what is good in my life and soon I’m feeling much better.

Exercise your power of Gratitude and expect to see Amazing New things in your life.

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(PPS} Are you ready for Business?

Would you do business with you?
You can develop New Habits that will propel you to the highest level of professionalism.

Ready to do business check list:
□   My clothing is professional and appropriate for my parties or meetings
□   My clothing fits well, is clean, and pressed
□   My shoes are clean and appropriate
□   My hair is clean and in style
□   My nails are clean, trimmed, and manicured
□   I take one last look, front and back, before I walk out the door
□   My business cards are in a nice case, with me, and ready at all times
□   I am prepared with my business information, it is with me, and in order
□    I am prepared for my shows and meetings
□    My attitude for the day is positive
□   I walk into my show or meeting composed and confident
□   I stand tall and keep my back straight
□   I am open, receptive, have a smile on my face and in the tone of my voice
□   I shake hands with everyone I meet
□   I am prepared to make introductions so that everyone feels comfortable
□    Be genuinely interested in the people you meet
□   I maintain eye contact when speaking with others
□   I remember to use “thank you” freely to express my gratitude
□   I choose to make everyday a Great Day!

Remember these tips and you will be on your way to ensure your image works for you, not against you.  Bad first impressions can take years to reverse.

Your customers have an expectation of you as a professional.

By dressing to meet their expectations, you will create a more positive first and lasting impression about who you are and your abilities as a person and a professional.  When you meet your customers image expectations you establish credibility and exert a more significant influence.  Your image promotes a level of trust.

Your inner values will also show in your magnetism.  The words you use and the energy you exchange.  Personal growth, as well as your professionalism, goes hand in hand.

Success Breeds Success……..Success is a habit, so is failure and so is mediocrity.   Success can be learned when you are coachable.   Being coachable is a great gift and a tremendous asset.

Dress for the job and the life you desire.

This is your journey and I wish you success.

Kim Echols

{PP} Hot or Cold?

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What is the temperature of your business today?

Each day ask yourself a set of questions to measure where you are. Knowing will give you awareness, and power to more in your intended direction.

Keeping a Journal will have great value in that measure over time. It is like taking the temperature of your feelings, your focus and what direction you are going. It could give you clarity on what may be stopping you. It will also help you look back in appreciation of your journey. Two journals would be the best one for business and one for personal.

For now let’s focus on business. Here are a few questions to get you started.

How do I feel about my business today? ( using a scale from 1-10 may be helpful)

What feels Successful?

What one single action could I take for my business today to make me feel just a little better about it?

Wouldn’t it be nice if____________________.

Be easy on yourself; take no more than 5 minutes and move forward.

Asking yourself questions is a powerful habit to embrace; it gives clarity, purpose and sets your GPS for the day. ~Kim Echols