A Key To Success – Gratitude!

A Key To Success – Gratitude!

Community User Blog | Posted by Pat Mussieux - October 10, 2014 at 4:25 am

Have you become so ‘busy’ in life that you are overlooking all the blessings that you have? I know that many people are just too busy running from one life event to another to even stop and notice a beautiful sunset – a smile on someone’s face – enjoy a fabulous meal.

How has it happened that we have become ‘that’ person? One of my observations is that we have become, as entrepreneurs, so goal-oriented that we move through our successes too quickly. We have our eye on the next thing, and then the next thing.

One habit that I have developed over the years, that has contributed to my success, is to keep weekly Success Cards and, most certainly, to complete my Gratitude Journal each and every night. I firmly believe that these habits have kept me focused both in the good times and in the bad times.

What I want to focus on in this article is to encourage each and every one of you to just stop what you are doing right now (because I trust that as you are reading this article, you are probably also multi-tasking!!) – so, STOP THAT – and pay attention.

Let’s keep this really simple as we head into a weekend of Thanksgiving. Stop right now and make a list of 10 things/people for which/for whom we are grateful. Stop and really reflect on what you are writing and see what a difference this makes in your thinking, in your energy and in your movements going forward.


My ‘Top 10” list of gratitude as I write this:

  1. The tickets my brother got for me this past weekend to see Man of La Mancha at the theatre. Awesome musical!
  2. My team – who, for the past month, in particular, have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support me in getting ready for our big Wealth Makers Toronto event in October.
  3. The beautiful fall weather we are experiencing – fresh air, beautiful and colorful leaves on the ground and crisp MacIntosh apples. Yum!
  4. A new menu – I change my menu with the seasons – time for some comfort food.
  5. A good night’s sleep with open windows!
  6. My favorite TV show – ‘Dancing with the Stars’ – love that the new season is on. It brings me great joy and relaxation to watch this.
  7. The start-up of our Bible Study group; love when we get together once a week to pray, reflect, study and share.
  8. My neighbor, Mike – who takes such good care of all my lawn and house maintenance – time for winter preparation!
  9. Unexpected calls on a Sunday afternoon from my girlfriends on the west coast.
  10. Texts at night from my grand-daughter Heather – that I get just before I go to sleep. Love her so much! SHMILY!

Your turn! What are you grateful for today? If you notice, above, there are not too many work-related items. I recognize that to have a happy and successful business, I need to be a happy person in my own life. And so do you!

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is THANK YOU, it will be enough!” – Meister Eckhart


Owen Durkin
March 13, 2015 at 11:16 am
I am grateful that my career allows me to embrace that which really resonates with me as a person. My creative, entrepreneurial and humanitarian ambitions are all featured in what I do for a living. My success allows for me to put resources into endeavours that will contribute to the success of others. That is all the motivation I need to stay positive and energetic in my pursuit of success.