Is thankfulness a survival skill? Perhaps most of you would respond with,
"No, Jim, thankfulness is not key to survival", and I would tend
to agree with you. Most of us have probably already solved the necessary
problems of survival, gone beyond that and are now working to achieve our
desires. But let me give you this key phrase, "Learn to be thankful
for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want." I
believe one of the greatest and perhaps one of the simplest lessons in
life we can learn is to be thankful for what we have already received and
the years and the experiences have brought me here to where I stand today,
but it is the thankfulness that opened the windows of opportunities, of
blessings, of unique experiences to flow my way. My gratitude starts with
my parents who raised me, gave me an incredible foundation that has lasted
me all of these years and continues with the mentors that I've met along
the way who absolutely changed and revolutionized my life, my income, my
bank account, my future. I am also very thankful for the people, the
associations, for the ideas, for the chance to work and labor, and to
produce results, all of that has brought me to this place, to this
weekend. I'm grateful for it all.
a unique opportunity each one of you here has, so many of us; representing
different countries, nations and cultures, to appreciate the uniqueness of
our own experiences that has brought us all here, together, for these
three days to learn new skills and sharpen old ones. For the countries we
represent; we have freedom and liberty. These are extraordinary times,
about eleven years ago the walls came tumbling down, in Germany, and it
started a wave of democracy and freedom like the world has never seen
before. We as a country and as a world have so much to be thankful for.
Always start with thanksgiving; be thankful for what you already have and
see the miracles that come from this one simple act.
thankfulness is just the beginning; next, you've got to challenge yourself
to produce. Produce more ideas than you need for yourself so you can share
and give your ideas away. That is called fruitfulness and abundance.
Here's what I think fruitfulness and abundance mean - to go to work on
producing more than you need for yourself so you can begin blessing
others, blessing your nation and blessing your enterprise. Once abundance
starts to come, once someone becomes incredibly productive, it's amazing
what the numbers turn out to be. But to begin this incredible process of
blessing, it often starts with the act of thanksgiving and gratitude,
being thankful for what you already have and for what you've already done.
Begin the act of thanksgiving today and watch the miracles flow your way.
To Your Success,
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