Appreciation sets up the foundation for abundance. When you are appreciative for what you have, however little or however much, you become more receptive to the notion that you can have and deserve more. This is because your attitude changes and the possibility for abundance to enter your life is maximized.
Abundance is something you tap into. Appreciation for what you have makes you more cheerful. When you feel good, you are more productive. Money doesn’t make people happy – happy makes money. A miserable human being isn’t someone that strangers want to be around, let alone would like to do business with – thus the opportunity for growth can be stalled until you find something to get more excited about.
Being appreciative is not the same as contention. Being content is a prescription for stagnation. For some people it is perfectly fine to be content, no 80 year old man wants to keep his nose to the grindstone in the hopes of totally transforming his surroundings. Hopefully the majority of his work is done and he’s built a strong foundation of abundance during his more fruitful years on earth. But being young and content is a sure prescription for things to remain the same for months and years to come. Perish the thought of contention but show your appreciation for your girlfriend, for your friends, for your livelihood, and for your family.
Being appreciative also deters you from taking things for granted. Don’t appreciate your girlfriends cooking? Don’t worry, it’ll happen less and less. Don’t appreciate your son telling you about his day? It’s cool, he grow up thinking you don’t care. Don’t appreciate your buddy who helps you out from time to time when it’s tough to make ends meet? It’s okay, he’ll start thinking you’re a jerk and undeserving. These scenarios may seem extreme but at their essence, they are cause and effect.
When you appreciate your woman, she in turn bestows her love upon you even more. When you appreciate your son sharing the highlights of his day with you, he continues to look to you for guidance and does things because he wants to make you proud; you could lay the foundation for you two to become best friends. When you appreciate your friends and your network, it grows and so does your influence through them. When you appreciate life, you discover all the things that make life worth living. You see more of the beauty that’s been hiding in plain sight. It’s a matter of perspective which influences your actions which determine your outcome.