Have you been arrogant lately? How about too judgmental, afraid of failure, or overly consumed with what others think of you? Your untamed ego may be the cause to blame. Living in gratitude is a way of life that allows you the power to manage your ego and enjoy the fruits of your being.
Whenever you let your ego run lose and unchecked, a stream of negativity burdens you.
Here are a few ways to get your ego in check while living in gratitude.
Manage Your Ego By Living in Gratitude
By: Ayana Iman
Celebrate your milestones while staying humble.
Life is a constant turn of events. Like a river, it ebbs and flows with each tide, across rocky patches and unknown territories. We must learn to flow and ride the wave.
While being flexible works in our favor, we sometimes forget to celebrate those milestones, and the fact that we weathered the storm. Those victories are meant to be cherished, and serve as markers of our personal and professional success. Gratitude allows us to look at all that we’ve accomplished and be proud of the progress made so far as well as the lessons learned.
Look forward to the future but cherish the present.
When we are too consumed by what’s to come in the future we detach from the present, the very thing that is a gift. We owe it to ourselves to take stock in all that we do – nothing is too big, or too small to celebrate. That’s where gratitude finds us — in the contentment of the present.
Be happy where you are and with what you have.
If you are constantly working to fill a void, to put a trophy on the shelf, to have another notch on your belt, you are working out of the lower mind, which is materialistic and likes to compete. But, when you are happy where you are, and you are able to take stock in what went right, this is practice of the higher mind. We must use both sides of our brain to be balanced, and gratitude is the fuse between the two.
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Gratitude checks your ego at the door and allows you to enjoy the things that you already have, including family, friends, intimate moments shared, possessions both acquired and received, and most importantly, life.
Gratitude is the ultimate thanks, the ultimate sign of abundance. Once you recognize this, your blessings will magnify because you are no longer working from a lower mind, you’re working in favor with the natural laws of attraction that state “like attracts like.” Gratitude allows you to truly connect to the spirit world and your purpose to serve mankind.
Whenever you get into a dark place during your journey, stop and smell the roses. Take stock in all that you have done and cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Celebrate yourself; you deserve to experience happiness.
About the Writer
Ayana Iman is a servant leader, brand strategist, blogger, and motivational speaker from New Jersey. Ayana received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Journalism at Kean University and her Masters in Strategic Organizational Communication at Rutgers University. Download Ayana’s eBook, “A Guide to Gratitude” on her web site.