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Gratitude and Appreciation

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It is the typical Hollywood story that we all have heard: someone we know of on the big screen or TV appears to have it all. He or she has the admiration of millions of fans, beautiful companions, and all the money one can possibly need in a lifetime. Yet this superstar lives in misery and carries out a self-destruct sequence that sometimes even leads to taking his or her own life. The superstar had everything; everything except gratitude.

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Lesson Key Points

Gratitude is the state of being grateful or thankful. It is the continual reflection of what’s right with your life rather than the constant dwelling on what’s wrong.
It is important to your success to have gratitude, and it is important to your character to show it.
Gratitude is humbling and will keep you likable once you are rich and/or famous.
Gratitude will keep you motivated and positive; it will help you to stay on track in pursuit of your life purpose.

Lesson Assignments

Assignment #1Follow the gratitude building steps in the today’s lesson. Commit to doing this when you find yourself in an unappreciative state of mind.
Assignment #2Pick up a small object nearby. Take a few minutes to study it, feel it, taste it, and smell it. Think about all of the work that went into creating the object. Learn to appreciate that object.
Assignment #3Start showing at least twice as much appreciation for others and others’ actions as you have been showing. “Double the dosage.”
Assignment #4Write down five people you appreciate and the reasons why you appreciate them.
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Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Week 1
#4: Inspiration from Henry Ford
#5: General Life Purpose
Section 3: Week 2
#7: Using Humor Effectively
#8: Perseverance, Persistence and Determination
#9: Inspiration from Benjamin Franklin
#10: Specific Purpose
#11: The Power of Choice
Section 4: Week 3
#12: Making Excuses
#14: Inspiration from Bill Gates
#15: Avoid Exaggeration
#16: Remembering Numbers
Section 5: Week 4
#17: The Words You Use Make All the Difference
#18: You ARE a Salesperson
#19: Inspiration from Donald Trump
#20: Time Mastery: Part 1
#21: Time Mastery: Part 2
Section 6: Week 5
#22: Separating Performance from Performer
#23: The Subconscious Mind
#24: Inspiration from Oprah Winfrey
#26: What Do You Want?
Section 7: Week 6
#27: Think HUGE
#28: Responding vs. Reacting
#29: Inspiration from George Burns
#31: Fitness Basics
Section 8: Week 7
#32: Livin’ the High Life
#33: Failure is the Seed to Success
#34: Inspiration from J.K. Rowling
#35: Write it Down!
#36: Analogies, Similes, and Anecdotes
Section 9: Week 8
#37: Customer Service
#39: Inspiration from Jack LaLanne
#40: Trying New Things
Section 10: Week 9
#42: Create a Win-Win Situation
#43: Project a Positive Personality
#44: Inspiration from Arnold Schwarzenegger
#46: Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Section 11: Week 10
#47: Building Another’s Esteem
#48: Success is a Lifestyle
#49: Inspiration from Helen Keller
#50: Create a Stressless Lifestyle
#51: Your Dream Collage
Section 12: Week 11
#52: Today is a New Day
#53: Baby Steps
#54: Inspiration from Thomas Edison
#55: Luck
#56: Why Aren’t You Rich?
Section 13: Week 12
#57: Going the Extra Mile
#58: Thank God It’s Any Day
#59: Inspiration from Abraham Lincoln
#60: The Law of Diminishing Returns
#61: Getting Better Every Day
Section 14: Week 13
#62: Read or Listen to Motivational/Educational Material
#63: Brighten Up, Sunshine!
#64: Inspiration from Sam Walton
#65: Carrot or the Stick?
#66: Introduction to Goals
Section 15: Week 14
#67: How To Set Goals
#68: Achieving Your Goals
#69: Inspiration from Eleanor Roosevelt
#70: Advertising, Marketing, and Sales
#71: Is It Right To Make So Much Money?
Section 16: Week 15
#72: The Power of Belief
#73: The Money Machine
#74: Inspiration from John F. Kennedy
#75: Taking Risks
#76: Everyone has 24 Hours in a Day
Section 17: Week 16
#77: The “Good Ol’ Days”
#78: Financial Freedom
#79: Inspiration from Albert Einstein
#80: Business Systems
#81: An Extra Hour a Day
Section 18: Week 17
#82: Having It All
#83: Accepting Criticism
#84: Inspiration from Sir Winston Churchill
#85: Dealing with Peer Pressure
#86: Ideas for Wealth
Section 19: Week 18
#87: Using Questions Effectively
#88: Avoid Criticizing and Complaining
#89: Inspiration from Jerry Seinfeld
#90: Get a Job?
#91: Learning to Fish
Section 20: Week 19
#92: Dependability
#93: The Subject of Money
#94: Inspiration from Warren Buffet
#95: A Better Way To Save
#96: How To Get a Raise
Section 21: Week 20
#97: Integrity
#98: Knowledge Is Only Potential Power
#99: Inspiration from George Foreman
#100: Power of Networking
#101: Welcome Frustration
Section 22: Week 21
#102: Express Sincere Interest in Others
#103: Always Look for Opportunity
#104: Inspiration from Ray Kroc
#105: The Use and Misuse of Pronouns in the Workplace
#106: Success is Health
Section 23: Week 22
#107: Let it Go
#108: Never Be Wrong Again
#109: Inspiration from Walt Disney
#110: Let’s Make $1,000,000.00
#111: Intuition
Section 24: Week 23
#112: How To Lose a JOB in 10 Days
#113: The “All Things In Moderation” Myth
#114: Inspiration from Mary Kay Ash
#115: What ELSE Can I Do?
#116: Good Things About a Bad Economy
Section 25: Week 24
#117: Learn How to Say NO
#118: Smile
#119: Inspiration from Andrew Carnegie
#120: Taking Advice
#121: Avoiding Arguments
Section 26: Week 25
#122: Winning Others To Your Way of Thinking
#123: Should You Commit?
#124: Inspiration from John D. Rockefeller
#125: It’s Not Always About Trying Harder
#126: Ease of Doing Business
Section 27: Week 26
#127: Be Flexible
#128: Using Practical Knowledge To Get the Job
#129: Inspiration from J.P. Morgan
#130: Happiness: Part 1
#131: Happiness: Part 2
Section 28: Week 27
#132: When To Live
#133: Avoid Offending Others
#134: Inspiration from Debbi Fields Rose
#135: Using Negative Words
#136: Building Rapport
Section 29: Week 28
#137: Avoid Lying
#138: Creative Negotiation
#139: Inspiration from Steve Jobs
#140: Recognition
#141: Being Popular
Section 30: Week 29
#142: Hostile E-mails
#143: Just Ask
#144: Inspiration from Charles R. Schwab
#145: Fear of Rejection
#146: Do It Yourself?
Section 31: Week 30
#147: Random Acts of Kindness
#148: Be a Trend Spotter
#149: Inspiration from Ralph Lauren
#150: Show Respect for the Opinions of Others
#151: View Life from a Different Perspective
Section 32: Week 31
#152: The Importance of a Good Vocabulary
#153: The Importance of Good Grammar
#154: Inspiration from Dale Carnegie
#155: Dealing with Spam: Part 1
#156: Dealing with Spam: Part 2
Section 33: Week 32
#157: Solving Business Problems
#158: The Word “But”
#159: Inspiration from Sir Richard Branson
#160: Three Rejections = Success
#161: Preventing Worry
Section 34: Week 33
#162: Eliminating Worry
#163: Key Contacts
#164: Inspiration from John H. Johnson
#165: Using the Web
#166: Spend Less Than You Earn
Section 35: Week 34
#167: Self-Sabotage
#168: Are You Buying or Selling?
#169: Inspiration from Fred Smith
#170: Mastermind Alliance
#171: Multiple Streams of Income
Section 36: Week 35
#172: Success is Learning
#173: Inspire Others
#174: Inspiration from Jim Henson
#175: Having Power
#176: Incentive Partnership
Section 37: Week 36
#177: Control the Conversational Climate
#178: Having the Edge
#179: Inspiration from Michael Bloomberg
#180: Reality is Perception
#181: Active Listening
Section 38: Week 37
#182: Sell It To Yourself First
#183: Self-Discipline
#184: Inspiration from Steve Martin
#185: A Quick Guide to Public Speaking
#186: Getting to YES
Section 39: Week 38
#187: Follow Through
#188: Under the Wing of a Millionaire
#189: Inspiration from J. Willard Marriott
#190: Competition is Good
#191: Sell Solutions
Section 40: Week 39
#192: Three Seconds: The First Impression
#193: Rewards and Contributions
#194: Inspiration from George Lucas
#195: Facing Your Weaknesses
#196: The Art of Praise and Compliment
Section 41: Week 40
#197: Finding Balance
#198: Contentment
#199: Inspiration from Marc Andreessen
#200: Making Successful Decisions
#201: Sacrifice
Section 42: Week 41
#202: Experience
#203: Keep an Open Mind
#204: Inspiration from Madam C.J. Walker
#205: Does Money Change People?
#206: Sell Yourself First
Section 43: Week 42
#207: Trust
#208: Teamwork
#209: Inspiration from Jackie Chan
#210: Articulation
#211: Patience
Section 44: Week 43
#212: Being Your Best
#213: Make the Best of a Bad Situation
#214: Inspiration from Michael Dell
#215: Little Courtesies
#216: Priorities and Procrastination
Section 45: Week 44
#217: The Squeaky Wheel
#218: Create a Successful Website
#219: Inspiration from Arthur M. Blank
#220: Dealing with Difficult People
#221: Reading Body Language
Section 46: Week 45
#222: Resolutions
#223: The Martial Arts
#224: Inspiration from Dave Thomas
#225: The Referral
#226: Hope
Section 47: Week 46
#227: Dare To Be Different
#228: Building the Perfect You
#229: Inspiration from Bruce Jenner
#230: Modesty and Self-Promotion
#231: Six Words To Successful Communication
Section 48: Week 47
#232: Believe in Yourself
#233: Help Others Discover Their Own Gifts
#234: Inspiration from Jeffrey P. Bezos
#235: Words of Wisdom: Part I
#236: Words of Wisdom: Part II
Section 49: Week 48
#237: Words of Wisdom: Part III
#238: Importance of Customer Feedback
#239: Inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
#240: Don’t Be a “One-Upper”
#241: Meeting People
Section 50: Week 49
#242: The Proposal
#243: The Sales Roadblock
#244: Inspiration from Fred Deluca
#245: Initiative
#246: Think One Step Ahead
Section 51: Week 50
#247: Be a Mentor
#248: Vision
#249: Inspiration from Alexander Graham Bell
#250: Reading People
#251: Finding Good People
Section 52: Week 51
#252: Three Questions to Diplomacy
#253: Recognize the Dead End
#254: Inspiration from Christopher Reeve
#255: How to Handle Mistakes
#256: Fulfill a Need
Section 53: Week 52
#257: Make a Lasting Impression
#258: How Marketable Are You?
#259: Inspiration from Bo Bennett
#260: Job Security
#261: Credit the Other Person for the Idea
#262: Position Yourself for Success
#263: Closing Advice

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1) Gratitude is the state of being grateful or thankful.
a) true
b) false
2) Why do most people find it so difficult to have gratitude?
a) we don't focus on what we should be grateful for often enough
b) their brains don't work that way
c) they are bad people
d) they don't know what gratitude is
3) Gratitude is difficult to find because the things we should be most grateful for in our lives rarely change enough to get our attention.
a) true
b) false
4) Which is NOT one of the ways you can show appreciation?
a) a sincere “thank you”
b) a firm handshake with a gentle smile
c) a passionate kiss
d) ignoring the person
5) Gratitude will make you unlikeable once you are rich and/or famous.
a) true
b) false
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