Gratitude | Zig Ziglar quote | Being Thankful will change your life

live in gratitude

Live in gratitude

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”  -Zig Ziglar

 When I first finished college the economy was really bad.  Like many students I struggled to get a job and finally landed my “not my dream job” about a month after graduation.  I remember feeling depressed and deflated, but I knew I was lucky to at least have a job.  My commute to work was about an hour so each morning and evening I listened to books on tape (they really were on tape in those days).  My favorite audio books were by Zig Ziglar and Leo Buscalia.  They both made me laugh and both filled my heart with love and hope.   Zig taught me all about business and sales.  Leo taught me all about love and compassion.

I don’t know if Zig said this quote exactly this way back then, but he said something very similar.  And so, because I trusted him, I started a habit of saying three things I am grateful for every morning before I even got out of bed.  Within a week my life changed.  I was happier at work.  The world looked more beautiful.  And within a month I got promoted and got to move back to a city I was very happy to live in.

I was hooked, and the habit stuck…for 20 years now.  What are you grateful for?  Please tell us below.

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4 thoughts on “Gratitude | Zig Ziglar quote | Being Thankful will change your life

  1. Michael Procopio

    Interesting topic. I read somewhere that one of the best things parents can do with their children is to ask them as they are being tucked into bed these questions.

    What made you happy today? What are you looking forward too tomorrow?

    This seems very similar to the quote just in two parts. I also think doing it before bed might be more powerful based on recent brain research.

    Either way a great idea; I’ll try it.

  2. Neelam Wadhwani

    It is funny how that works, isn’t it? I am taking a course in finding my purpose in life, and gratitude plays a big part in what we attract into our lives. For example, instead of complaining incessantly about how boring and taxing your job is, you could give thanks that at least you have a job. Monica refers to this self-talk as “the stories you tell.” She suggests that if you change the negative stories to positive ones, your thinking will change and eventually bring changes to your life. Now that makes perfect sense, to me at least. But it is a lot easier said than done…

  3. Rick Pauli

    Interesting. For me, my interest in your article started slow, but as I continued, by the end it got me thinking. Not bad!

  4. Bill Belew

    I heard about a guy who was miserable in his job and convinced nobody liked him.
    He got the advice to do his best to say one nice thing to a colleague a day for a month and no more.

    He did … after a month, the guy went back to his counselor and said, “I can’t believe how much everybody in my workplace has changed.”

    Yeah, right. Guess who changed.


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