I hope everyone is having a fantastic 2013 so far. I know I have been introduced to a number of new people who have decided to bring me on as a planner or a CFO to them and for that I am grateful. Perhaps even more importantly as far as I am concerned are those people who have decided to stick with me. They ultimately are the ones that allow me to focus on doing what I really love, which is working with people in examining how they spend their resources in order to help them achieve their goals.

This brings me to a very important point. Gratitude. I will suggest that one of the hallmarks of being able to build wealth is being grateful for what you have. Forget the psychological impact that you may have if you are never thankful to others for what they have done or given to you and their possible willingness to give you more. Let us think in terms of practicality. If you know that you want a specific something, let us say financial freedom, but you sabotage it because you always have to have a nicer car or a nicer home or a nicer vacation, your chances of achieving the financial freedom you “desire” are greatly diminished.

It is amazing how people who are grateful for what they have may be more content and better able to put aside the fruits of their hard work and ambition to get them where they want to go. I have noticed that people who are grateful tend to be able to stretch a dollar a lot further than those who lack gratitude. Please note that being grateful is not the same as being apathetic and lazy. Chances are that you will still have to work… and work hard to achieve your dreams and goals, but if you work on cultivating your gratitude, chances are your journey will be more pleasant.

What are you grateful for today?

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