Gratitude: The Success Habit to Fuel All Five Cores
May 6, 2022
If I’ve imparted anything that’s stuck with you since we first crossed paths, I hope it’s that now you know it’s absolutely vital to your happiness that you continually dedicate yourself to building up your 5 cores. Your personal core values really set the stage for the rest of your life and well-being. But how do you add gas to the flame that fires up your five cores and blasts you into the big, bold beautiful sky where everything is clear and balanced?
The one word answer: gratitude. When going about your day, it’s easy to forget to take a minute to think about how incredibly grateful you are for all that you have. By doing this, you’ll be building positive momentum that not only contributes to your personal core values, but to your overall health and wellbeing as well. Gratitude changes your whole perspective on life. Instead of letting your inner fixed victim focus on what you don’t have, your inner growth owner starts to focus on what you DO have. And that, my friends, is a beautiful thing!
You heard me right - Thinking about what you’re grateful for every day, even for just a moment, can allow you to break through your fixed-victim mindset to find success. I practice this myself every single day and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Every day I repeat a gratitude mantra and then I recall the top things I’m grateful for in my life, which are usually a result of my personal core values. For example:
Family. I am beyond happy to have them, and I couldn’t do it without their support. I am grateful for their health as well as my own.
Imagination. It can be so easy to get down on myself sometimes, but I’m so glad I have the ability to see the world through a brighter lens. Creativity is key!
My willpower. I was able to pick myself up and find happiness through action. I am grateful every day for my perseverance.
So, How Does Gratitude Apply To Your Personal Core Values?
By practicing gratitude, you’ll be looking at life from a new angle: that of a growth-owner. This means considering things around you as stepping stones to a radiant future, rather than seeing them as weights holding you down. By focusing on seeing life through a more positive lens, you’ll be fueling your personal core values more and more.
This ensures that you get through your day feeling good! Too often people lose momentum in the middle of the day and just feel stuck. Practicing gratitude will give you that extra push you need to feel like you’re still moving forward when you should be.
Many people have personal core values that involve family or friends. Well, did you know that being grateful could help you when it comes to compassion? Through that same growth-owner mindset we see people as treasured pieces of our lives rather than nuisances. Further, by showing them how grateful you are for their company, your relationship core can be boosted!
It also helps when other people get you down. You don’t need to get out there and seek revenge or get into a “why me?” mindset. You're just grateful you’ve got everything you need and know that the person who made you feel less than is probably in the wrong mindset. Gratitude helps give you the empathy you need to get past these situations without losing your momentum
Applying Gratitude In Life
Don’t believe me? Well, let me tell you what happened to me at the gym. One of my favorite activities I like to do to stay active is basketball. I go to my local gym to play, and the same group of guys is there almost every time.
Now, I get along awesome with these guys—all except one. For some reason, every time I go to the gym to play this guy scowls at me as if I’ve killed his dog. At first, I turned inward, wondering what I’d done.
But, one day I went to play, and he looked as if he had been having a tougher day than usual. Despite that, we were on the same team that day and he really pulled through to help us out. I wanted to try to bridge the disconnect between us by sharing my gratitude with him.
So, I went right on up and said, “Thanks for your help on the court today. You are truly the reason we were able to do so well today.” And guess what? He smiled. The man who had seemed like he hated my guts for weeks smiled. All because I showed him that I was grateful for his help.
THIS is how practicing gratitude can enhance your personal core values. By doing it daily, even in small doses, you’ll be building up positive momentum that helps you grow. So, take a moment today to think about what you’re grateful for and shout it from the rooftops!
Let’s Keep The Momentum Train Moving
Want to know where you stand in the five values of life tied to happiness (Your 5 Cores), take this two minute Core Values Quiz to get your core score in the five values of life.