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Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

This week we look at part three of When am I Going to Get Published? Last week I told you to Advance with Faith. This is one of the hardest things to do with any goal that is bigger than anything we’ve done before, and writing YA novels, especially your first, is huge for most people. Now let’s look at the next step…

4) Attitude of Gratitude

What is an attitude of gratitude? It’s simply being thankful for everything in your life. Sounds simple enough, but do you really do it? Are you thankful for the roof over your head? The meals you eat? The friends you have? The fact that you’re connected to the world through the internet? Are you thankful for the imagination you’ve been given that creates the stories your want to share with the world?
Our attitude is one of the primary factors that helps or hinders us in the world. Attitude determines behaviour. Behaviour determines action. Action determines results. Gratitude can change your attitude about your life and your goals.
As you improve your attitude everything changes. A lack of gratitude actually causes poverty, though not necessarily financially. We can be poor in many areas of our lives and if you have a bad attitude, you will be. If you are in the habit of pointing out why things can’t be done, if you get jealous of other people’s achievements, if you always find fault in others, chances are you are very happy in your own life.
Remember: it takes just as much energy to think a good thought as it does to think a bad one. It takes the same amount of energy to praise as it does to demean. And it takes the same amount of energy to set a high goal as it does to set a low one. However, one way of doing things gives you more energy. It makes you happier and, through you, it makes the people around you happier. It actually attracts more good things into your life. The other way causes just the opposite. It results in anger, resentment, jealousy, loneliness, and self-pity. Now ask yourself, which way are you living, and which way sounds better?
It may feel hard to change your attitude, but you can start by simply picking a different thing to be grateful for each day. As each new day arrives you’ll find yourself being for grateful for so many things, and you’ll notice how your mood shifts to a more pleasant one. Now, what has this got to do with getting your YA novels published? Good question!
First our attitude determines whether or not we’ll stick to our goals. You are sure to hit obstacles when trying to get published, but they are there for a reason. Every obstacle life throws at us is there to make us grow. This is a tough concept for many to grasp, but it’s true. If everything were easy, if there were no challenges, then we wouldn’t mature, become more confident, more responsible, wiser. If you have any doubt, look at anyone who hasn’t done much and find out what their biggest challenges were and how they overcame them. Chances are they haven’t overcome much because they shied away from the challenges.
So what do we do when an obstacle or challenges hits us? We express gratitude for it! This is an opportunity to grow and the bigger the challenge the bigger the growth and the bigger the reward! If you’ve got a huge obstacle in your way just think of what’s waiting on the other side of it. Now you just have to figure out if you need to go over, around, or through it.
It’s up to you if you want to be grateful for the things in your life, and knowing you should isn’t enough. You need to want to be grateful. It should be a chore, it should be part of who you are. Then you’ll find that more things to be grateful will come into your life. It could be a direct contact to publisher, a query letter that gets accepted, an independent publishing deal, an idea that could really improve your novel, or something else unexpected but just as welcome.
Be thankful in all aspect of your life, make gratitude a habit, and watch how life changes for the better.

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