Happy New Year!

2011 is all but over. 2012 is hours away. I spend this day writing thank  you cards to all the people in my life, new and old, who have given me much to be thankful for. That’s a lot of ink and a lot of cards. Writing these thank you notes helps me to stay focused on who and what add value to my life and to seek more of it in the coming year.

I firmly believe that you get what you give, and more importantly, you get more of what you think about. If you are living in fear and anger, and you spend most of your time complaining or worrying, you don’t have to guess as to what your life will be filled with. Want something better, something more than moaning and groaning and self-pity? Then you are going to have to spend more time giving thanks for all that you have and let go of your limiting and self-defeating thoughts of lack and poverty. Seeing everything you have makes you very wealthy. Seeing all the things you don’t have, can only make you feel poor and needy. No one likes a needy whiner, so take a deep breath, look around, and acknowledge all the things you do have. Still can’t see anything to be thankful for? Try taking a visit to a homeless shelter or the cancer ward of a children’s hospital and then make your list.

Happy New Year!

 

Matt Pasquinilli is the Executive Director of the non-profit Asian Arts Center Taekwondo School, in Dayton, Ohio. Matt is also the author of “The Child Whisperer” and co-author of “Behavior Coaching” with Dr. Scott Hall.

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