Zig Ziglar tells the story of a woman who called and asked if he would meet with her and help her with her problems at work. He told her that he wasn’t a counselor but that he would meet with her. They met behind the stage, shortly before Ziglar was to speak. She was full of negative emotions. She told him, I hate those people at work, I don’t like my job, I don’t like the people, I don’t like anything. He told her he could help her if she was willing. He told her to get out a piece of paper and write down all the things she liked about her job. She didn’t move. He told her, if you aren’t willing to work on this it has been a pleasure this interview is over. She reluctantly got out a piece of paper. He asked for a list of things she liked about her job. She said, that’s easy I don’t like nothing about my job. He asked, do they pay you for working there? From there they found a number of other things that were really nice about her job. He said what I want you to do is take this paper and tonight before you go to bed, stand in front of the mirror and read the list saying I like my job because and list reason one. Then say I like my job because and list reason two. Go all the way down the list. In the morning repeat the process and take the paper with you because you will find other things you like to add to your list. Six weeks later, Zig was back in Birmingham doing a follow up seminar on sales and this dear lady was sitting in the front row. She was smiling so big she could have eaten a banana sideways. She ran up to him afterwards, Mr Ziglar, Mr Ziglar, you won’t believe it all the people at work have changed. He didn’t have the heart to tell her that it was her that had changed.
Gratitude with literally change your life if you are willing to follow this same simple procedure.