What I’m Learning: You Can be Grateful and Still Want More

Photo by  Valentina Conde  on  Unsplash

There are articles everywhere with tips for how to be more grateful. How to track it. Why you should be grateful. How to reflect on it. And I agree with it all.

I’m also learning it doesn’t have to stop there.

A few years ago, I read the Miracle Morning book by Hal Elrod. I started a gratitude journal as recommend. And I’ve updated it (almost) everyday with at least three things I’m grateful for.

It’s such a powerful way to realize how much I really do have to be grateful for. I am fulfilled writing it down each day and occasionally re-reading what I’ve written in the past. It's good to revisit those memories and positive feelings.

Gratitude is definitely something I'm sure most of us can be more aware of, so keeping a specific gratitude journal is a great exercise for anyone to do.

I also know there’s a lot of people, including myself sometimes, that feel stuck. We know that there’s more to life that what we currently may be living.

But we either shut ourselves down by that voice in our heads or get shut down by well-intentioned advice. We're told to just be happy. Be grateful for what we currently have because it’s so much better than what so many others in the world have.

I strongly agree with half of that. I’m guessing most of you reading this, own a computer or have access to the internet. You have a safe place to sit down and read. You have clothes on your back and at least $4.00 the Starbucks app to afford that unsweetened vanilla latte. For all of these reasons and more, we truly are so lucky and blessed. I recognize I am living in luxury compared to so many others.

There's another side of the spectrum though. There’s also lots of people living the best versions of themselves most of every single day. These people can’t wait to get out of bed to work on projects that light them on fire. They get to be around others who motivate and inspire them. They work from wherever they want in the world or live in whatever city they want. They have a financial situation that allows them to be worry-free of bills, spoil family and friends, and give back in ways I can only image right now.

Photo by  Danica Tanjutco  on  Unsplash

So why can’t we have it to? Why can’t we be both grateful and strive for more with settling because “we have it pretty good compared to others?”

We totally can.

In fact, some have said it's actually our duty to get rich and be successful:

If you are here to become the grandest, most generous version of yourself, which you are, and if that costs money, which it does, it is your duty, as a hallowed child of Mother Nature, to get rich.”  - Jen Sincero, How to be a Bad Ass at Makinng Money

"Ask yourself how close you are to your full capability. You might not like the answer very much. If you don’t consider it your duty to live up to your potential, then you simply won’t.... If it doesn’t become an ethical issue for you, then you won’t feel obligated and driven to fulfill your capacity... I literally began to see success as an ethical issue—a duty to my family, company, and future—rather than as something that may or may not happen to me." - Grant Cardone, The 10X Rule Blog

What do you think of success being a duty? If you believed being rich and living life to your full capacity was a responsibility, how might you change the way you show up for yourself?

Let us know in the comments, below because this is something I'm working on right now as well and would love to hear any tips or advice!