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SUGGESTED TITLE: Gratitude – The Art of Celebrating in Advance!
The following is an excerpt from the “Attract Love in 21 Days” on-line course by Gail Lynne Goodwin. If you would like to enroll in the course, click here.
In order to achieve the best results in the shortest period of time, gratitude is a key ingredient to success. We’ve all heard the expression, “Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.” Wrong! When you’re able to celebrate the chickens before you can see them, you’ll have more chickens than you ever thought possible!
Isn’t expectation exactly what brings us the good things in life? Think about it… we eat because a farmer plants a seed and expects it to grow. He also prepares by plowing the field, fertilizing the soil, then planting the seed. He provides water and plans a harvest date. The farmer knows that 100% of his crop will not grow. Some may die from drought, some from flooding, some from cold weather and some from being scorched by the heat. However, most of the seeds will grow, thrive, and the farmer will reap the benefit. Imagine a world where seeds were planted with no expectation of them growing? No machinery to cut the grain or pick the corn. What if the farmers were so afraid that the seeds would be lost that they refused to plant any at all?
The Law of Attraction states that like attracts like. If you focus on your fears, what you don’t have, and the negative feelings that go with all of that, you’ll continue to attract lack and negativity. Focus instead on the gratitude you feel for the things you know are coming, as though they are already in your grasp, and you will attract them more quickly AND find even more reasons to be grateful.
There is a special energy that comes to us when we believe something, and when we celebrate it, that energy brings what we ask for to us. I’ll tell you a story of how this worked for me.
A couple of years ago, there were two people I badly wanted to get in touch with to interview. One was Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, and the other was Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil. For a year I asked everyone I knew if they knew these two people, and if so, if they would introduce me.
One day a girlfriend called, wanting me to record a happy dance video for her. I was having a bad day and didn’t feel like doing it at that moment, but she needed the video that day so I agreed.
She wanted me to film it outside in nature, so I went to a friend’s ranch, where she has a trampoline out in the middle of nowhere. There I was, jumping up and down, trying to think happy thoughts but having a hard time because I was still frustrated over some things happening in my office.
My husband Darryl was with me, and I asked him to give me some happy thoughts to focus on. He happily agreed, calling out, “Richard Branson just emailed and said he wants to meet with you! Guy Laliberté just called you and he wants to talk!” It was all fantasy talk, but I believed it wholeheartedly and focused on the feelings I had about those things being true, as I ecstatically jumped up and down, celebrating these things in advance. Within minutes I was hooting and hollering, laughing and truly felt joyful.
We finished the video and got home three hours later. Would you believe what was waiting for us?? There was an email from Sir Richard Branson inviting me to spend the day with him at his home, and a voicemail from Guy Laliberté telling me that he’d received 27 requests for interviews just in that one day alone, (and turned them all down), but for some reason, he’d love to do an interview with me. Not only that, but the timestamps showed that that these things came in at the same time I was celebrating them in advance on the trampoline! Seriously, what are the chances of that happening by coincidence? I believe it happened because I celebrated in advance.
As in every aspect of your life, the Law of Attraction also applies to you when you’re looking for the love of your life- and accelerates if you celebrate it in advance. How would you feel being madly in love? Express that feeling now and be grateful for it, and it will attract your partner to you much faster than if you bury your head in the sand.
Does this all feel like make believe? Sure, especially after a bad day when nothing seems to be going right. Instead of dwelling on the negative feelings, put them aside and focus on why your life rocks. When you do that, it energizes something within you, and when you apply that to being in love, it attracts the perfect mate to you with grace and with ease.
Today and every day, take a few minutes to be grateful, not only for what you have, but also for what you will have – as if you already have it.
In order to make this easy, I created an expression of gratitude for the amazing man I have in my life – before he was ever there. In other words, I celebrated in advance, knowing that he was coming into my life.
I want to share the expression of gratitude I went through every day when I was looking for the man of my dreams. I wrote it before I met Darryl, and he absolutely fits everything I was already grateful for. I said it out loud, every morning as soon as I woke up. I recorded it, and I still listen to it every day as a part of an audio that I play each morning as I walk in the woods near my home.
You don’t have to make yours exactly the same, but this will help give you a foundation to write your own heartfelt expression of gratitude. Make it personal and include things that are important to you.
Here’s my expression of gratitude…
I am so happy and grateful now that I’ve found the man of my dreams! I know that all the good in my life comes from the Universe, and that I am an important part of this world. I create my own reality through my own thoughts. I fill my mind with positive images and thoughts and surround myself with loving people who support me.
I am in love with the most amazing man. My husband adores me as much as I adore him. We are living the dream life as partners in every way. I am so in love with him and so grateful every day for his presence in my life. I am the luckiest woman on the planet to be loved like this! He is my best friend, lover, husband and it just keeps getting better each day.
He’s everything I’ve always wanted and more. He makes me feel more loved and adored than I’ve ever known I could feel. When he looks into my eyes, I feel such a connection with him, and feel closer to him than I have to anyone I ever known before. He’s my partner in crime and loves what I love. We share a vision for the life we chose to create, and work together side by side, building the life of our dreams.
He makes me laugh, celebrates my victories and is always there to catch me when I fall. I never knew I could feel this kind of love, or experience a connection so deep. I’m overwhelmed with love for this man and so grateful for his presence in my life! Wooohoooo!
Throughout the journey you are about to embark on, it is important to stay positive. Research has shown that it can take up to 24 hours to bring your mind back into balance, after as little as 5 minutes of negative talk. That’s pretty incredible when you think about it. Not only is negative thinking not productive, but it can also destroy the next 24 hours!
Also, no one wants to hang around with Eeyore. If you don’t remember this lovable, yet morose, character from Winnie the Pooh, he was the donkey who was always blue, moping around about how awful life is and how everything bad always happens to him.
I’ll give you a secret: no one wants to be around that. When you focus on positive thoughts, you lift up yourself and those around you, and their positive energy lifts you up right back, and the cycle continues. You will attract what you put out, so make certain that you are first being that which you desire.
Here is a positive daily affirmation you can use to get yourself on the right track:
I am a strong, confident, beautiful woman, who is living the life I have dreamed of. I love what I do and the people around me, and they in turn love me. I love myself and share that love with others. I know that I have the power to be, do or create anything in my life – anything, if I believe I can. I am in control of my emotions and my destiny. I make good choices that are right for me and those I care about the most. My life rocks in every way!
So many times when you embark on a new or different journey, especially when friends and family are voicing their opinions on what you should or shouldn’t do, it can be difficult to stay away from the negative thoughts. However, if you want this process to work for you, focus on your vision and celebrate it in advance! Only positive will attract positive, and you have to put it out there every single day.
I am grateful for the life that I have in this moment and celebrate good things in my life in advance!
Today’s Action Step:
If you’re really looking to find the love of your life in 21 days, gratitude is the best place to start. Dream big, and be specific.
Step one is to write your statement of gratitude so you can say it every day. Record it and listen to it often, for when you do this, your desires will come to you more quickly.
For more information visit the Attract Love in 21 Days On-Line Course.