How grateful would you say you are? Did you know that your gratitude level can directly affect your sports career and your happiness? Now that may sound strange, but I’ve seen it time and time again in my work with student-athletes. I have guided many athletes whose way of doing things wasn’t on the the right path of being successful, so I felt that they had a need for gratitude to bring about positive change in their lives. And I’m happy to say that those who took my advice to heart have reported a positive shift in their lives and a boost in the things they view as good and bad on and off the playing field. 

This basic premise of gratitude is to acquire a more positive and receptive state of being. Here is how it actually works. You begin by being grateful for the smaller and more immediate things like having a place to live, food to eat, and parents and coaches who support you. By placing yourself in a positive frame of mind through gratitude, you open yourself to all the good things that your choice of sports has to offer.

    That is when you can actually begin to attract good things to you. And as you become more comfortable with the positive things that basic gratitude brings, you will likely find yourself feeling grateful for even bigger things like being alive, learning hard lessons, your past mistakes, the freedom to make choices in life, and more. This type of gratitude catapults you even further along the path to a successful and happy life. That’s because you begin to lose your fear of change or loss and you begin to develop a deep appreciation for the exciting adventure that life truly is.

    Once you reach the point where you remain in a constant state of gratitude, you will become a magnet that attracts the positive things to you . . . the things that resonate with who you are and what you desire to do with your life.

    So, Student-Athletes, if you are ready to enjoy more happiness and understanding, I challenge you to take some time every day this week to note those things that you are grateful for, from the smallest to the biggest. And may you attract the most wonderful and beneficial things into your life!

Cynthia F. Guillory