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The Power of Appreciation

The power of appreciation, works, however, it’s not something that happens right away, one needs to develop a habit.

A valuable technique that Jack Canfield helped him lock in this new habit was to carry a 3″ x 5″ card in my pocket all day, and every time he acknowledged and appreciated someone, he would place a check mark on the card. He would not allow myself to go to bed until he had appreciated 10 people. If it was late in the evening and didn’t have the 10 check marks, he would start to appreciate my wife and children, would send an e-mail to several staff, or write a letter to my mother or stepfather.

Jack did whatever it took until it became an unconscious habit. he challenges us to discover ways to immediately appreciate someone in your life, starting today! For more on this topic, read Chapter 53 in The Success Principles. It will give you great suggestions and ideas on how you, too, can find ways to appreciate those in your life.

Posted with permission © 2007 Jack Canfield

None of us remembers the headliners of yesterday. When the applause dies, the awards tarnish, and achievements are forgotten, no one cares about who won which award.

But if I asked you to list five teachers or mentors who believed in you and encouraged you, five friends who have helped you through a difficult time, five people who have taught you something worthwhile, or five people who have made you feel appreciated and special – that’s much easier to do, isn’t it?

That’s because the people who make a difference in your life aren’t the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They’re the ones who care. If you want to be remembered for being important to someone else’s life, make them feel appreciated.

Another important reason for being in a state of appreciation as often as possible is that when you are in such a state, you are in one of the highest emotional states possible.

When you are in a state of appreciation and gratitude, you are in a state of abundance. You are appreciating what you do instead of focusing on, and complaining about, what you don’t have. Your focus is on what you have received… and you always get more of what you focus on. And because the law of attraction states that like attracts like, the more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract to be grateful for. It becomes an upward-spiraling process of ever-increasing abundance that just keeps getting better and better.

Think about it. The more grateful people are for the gifts we give them, the more inclined we are to give them more gifts. Their gratitude and appreciation reinforces our giving. The same principle holds true on a universal and spiritual level as it does on an interpersonal level.

I challenge you to discover ways to immediately appreciate someone in your life, starting today!


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