Through good times and tough times, I remind myself of all that I am fortunate to have in my life.

Why be grateful? Because it shifts your mindset into a positive mode. In this positive mindset you are looking for positive things in your life. This positive, seeking mindset is essential in the pursuit of success.

We each have different lives with different challenges and blessings. People and opportunities are coming in and out of our lives every day. I don't know your individual situation, but I know that you are blessed. You have at least one thing in your life to be grateful for. Maybe it is your health, a special relationship, a lucky break, a natural talent. You can find something to be grateful about right now if you go to the effort to look.

I know that in some ways I am more fortunate than others, in some ways less fortunate. I don't waste much time comparing myself with others. I am grateful for what I have, regardless of how it compares to what others have.

How has reminding yourself of what you are grateful for helped YOU deal with a challenging situation? Post your comments below.

Original publish date: October 28, 2010