Your attitude is the water of your life. ~Bob Stahl
This book talks straight up about a principle the author called: “Affirming the Gratitude Principle”. That caught my attention, of course, since I advocate for managing personal health and wellness with: If you learn principles you can devise your own methods. I purchased this book for $2—a steal, because really it is worth its weight in gold for the inspiration it delivers.
The author began with how deprivation in childhood creates deprived thinking in adults, stating that deprived thinking perpetuates deprivation. In other words, deprivation becomes habitual. Childhood-conditions aside, whether they be great or not-so-great, people can develop deprived thinking at any point during their lives when circumstances don’t always work out as desired. We can also feel deprived, even when we’re not, due to what we choose to focus on. Continually focusing on what you don't have lessens appreciation, or even recognition of what you do have. Ungratefulness leads to habitual feelings of lacking. It hurts emotionally to always be in that state of unfulfilled wanting what you don't have.
Deprived negative thinking makes good things disappear—it’s an illusion, of course, but we only see what we focus on (in this case, it's "I'm lacking...fill-in-the-blank). We feel what we think and believe. Deprived negative thinking can stop good things from happening because it prevents us from seeing what’s presently good in our lives and growing abundantly from a positive position.
Hindsight is 20/20
Eye doctors measure people's vision using two numbers--20/20 signifies “perfect vision”. Hindsight is thinking about things after they've happened. The concept of this phrase "hindsight is 20/20" is that we can see things more clearly after they’ve happened. Sometimes we get too wrapped-up in circumstances at-the-time to see the forest for the trees, sort-of-speak. It’s only when everything falls apart, we can stand-back, see more clearly, and learn lessons from an experience.
I maintain that not all people will analyze and grow from these experiences because they do not fully see the picture that the reflection of “hindsight is 20/20” paints. Why? The difference is their attitude, their mindset. Mindsets in people are either fixed or growth oriented. However, with awareness and desire, anyone can change the orientation of their mindset.
In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them.
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for accomplishment.
To learn more about these two-unique mindsets, I highly recommend reading this book: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success How We Can Learn To Fulfill Our Potential, By Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
Deprived thinking is dehydrating to one's psyche. Remember the borrowed wisdom: Your attitude is the water of your life!
An Attitude of Gratitude Is Everything!
Sadly, deprived thinking turns good things into less or nothing. Cheerfully, grateful thinking turns everything into more. Never forget to acknowledge what you have—these grateful thoughts can positively alter an attitude of deprivation. Instead of generating and attracting negative energy, positive energy reigns supreme.
Practice affirming the gratitude principle regularly and see what good enters your life and stays around! Abolish any hints of deprived thinking and simply turn what you have into more.
By Judith Garner, Certified Health Coach
Helping people stay healthy inside & out!