Most Positivity readers and most people in general have some idea of the importance of gratitude. So where does and why does Gratitude need a boost from the Positive Imperative? Two reasons. One is that Gratitude is a POSIVALUE, one of the 35 Adopted PI Values, and Secondly its a great place to start on working to displace the Neutrals in your life with a quintessential positive!
Why? As always there’s a rather large gap between knowing and doing! We know that thanks is important, but the truth is for most of us it’s an after thought. How long does it take you to send thank you cards? Or do you even to them. How long to you spend with presents, valentines day, birthday and anniversary cards saying not just congrats but thanking the sendees with an appropriate sentiment that takes time. How often to you spend less time than you should in choosing the card or gift or appropriate way to say thanks for that special occasion.
The neutrality of a positivity is usually in the fact that less time, thought and sincerity go into the process. When we say grace, is it a quick litany of the same things you’ve said for years and not even saying them slowly or in a different way, or saying grace in a unique way every day. Do we limit the thankfulness in our lives to once a day or twice at best and maybe only on Sunday’s if that’s our only site down meal?
So here’s the rub… for so many of us that even get the importance of Gratitude and Thank YOU! we don’t spend the appropriate time and energy in the contemplation and delivery of our thank yous and certainly not in the quantity. Stephen Covey, author of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” constantly challenges us to CHOSE between the Important and the Urgent and unimportant and understand how that impacts our time! We live in a society where 80% of the time we run around with our heads chopped off doing the Urgent, and miss the Important things like Thank Yous and the simple contemplation of things we are grateful for. Important = Positive = More of This. Urgent and unimportant fill up our days and nights weeks and lives with mindless activities from TV to Poor Time Management.
Canadians have long been known as chronic complainers, we complain about the weather, all types of it, (maybe only ten days a year are perfect) everything else is too cold, too hot, too windy, too much snow, rain and anything else we can get in there. I’ll let other nationalities weigh in but I’m sure many nationalities have there fare share of complaints. On the other hand we can learn from many cultures who have many people who live in poverty but understand and practice the positive thought and action of gratitude.
POSITHANKS. See Posiwords. (coming soon)
How it works. Posithanks is a 365 day program of gratitude thoughts and actions.
Each Day there will be a new topic of gratitude. Each day because daily gratitude has to be habit forming and if you were do it by the week the propensity to forget and get off track would be too easy. (We will eventually set up and e-mail or you can subscribe by the RSS Feed) but a new topic will come at midnight eastern standard time.
The topic will be a derivate of POSIVALUES the 35 values and include simple ideas like freedom and common ideas like friendship.
THE PROGRAM ~ Objective to incorporate
1. 30 to 60 seconds of thought on the subject 4 to 5 times a day
Thoughts are to be linked to daily rituals. The human mind is very mechanical and habitual and there fore there are two common ways to do this. 1. By linking rituals and reminders, ie: placing a note in your day planner just before lunch in outlook or manual) or a link ie: taking the time to imprint the word thank you when you hear the ignition in your car go on…. trust me and take if from great successful motivators like Anthony (Tony) Robbins, they work! These links which can be drawn from…
Getting up, morning prayer, brushing your teeth, going to the john first thing (okay it’s funny but it works….all you have to do is post a reminder where you’ll see it besides what else do you usually think about while you’re there?) your coffee break, your lunch, your day planner, your daily chore, your daily walk, your turning on your car, your exercise routine, all sorts of technology times including your cell phone, your trip home, and again brushing your teeth and going to bed.
2. 1 Action where applicable. This will be a little more tricky, but the payoff of good thoughts is always good deeds and actions. You will determine the suitability of action and effort.
NOTE: As with the whole Positive Imperative program, your inability to achieve 4 -5 thoughts or a positive action does not allow you the negative or neutral convenience to give up on the Posithanks program. The ideas is its more important to be 60% of the way there than quit and be 100% of the way nowhere.
What’s in if for me, is always the conscious or subconscious thought behind any such undertaking. Well the answer is simple. The law of displacement which is the change agent of the Positive Imperative will start you displacing negative and neutral thoughts and actions with positive ones. The law of the harvest you sow what you reap also engages, not as a motive but as karma of positivity. IE: People you thank and appreciate will continue to provide opportunities and fits displacing people in your lives who you have been ignoring which often turn off the tap.
Positive People are more productive and happy and the upswing of that is abundance of prosperity… more of this !
So, now that you are enrolled in the possibility of daily thanks, click here and participate in POSITHANKS! You’ll be glad and grateful you did…. ~ see you’ve already started :>)
Three great thank you songs. 1. Give Thanks – Bob Marley
2. Lessons Learned – Carry Underwood
3. Thank You – Natalie Merchant
4. Thanks Again – Ricky Scaggs
5. Be Thankful For What You’ve Got – William DeVaughn
PI Founder. Author of the forthcoming books; the Positive Imperative and the Positive Music Imperative, has a wide background in teaching, broadcasting, the music industry and business and most recently served as a founder and Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AmCham Canada). He has also dedicated more than 30 years of his life to volunteerism and not for profits including Big Brothers, Memorial Boys and Girls Clubs, Minor Leagues Sports and as a President and board member of several not-for-profit boards. Interests include family, biking, tennis, reading, music and PI/PMI of course.