The Art of Gratefulness (11/17/06)
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November 17, 2006
Contents In This Issue:
  • Note from Andrea
  • The Art of Gratefulness
  • Coaching Call to Action
  • About Andrea Novakowski
  • Pass It On
  • Andrea Novakowski
    Master Certified Coach

    Coaching for Executives, Small
    Business Owners, Professionals
    and Managers

    Quote of the Week

    "If you learn to appreciate more of what you already have, you’ll find yourself having more to appreciate."

    -- Michael Angier

    Note from Andrea

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    A very Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I wish to express my gratitude to you for sharing your ideas, thoughts, feedback, challenges and successes with me. I am honored to be included in your life. I thank you for the deep connection that you offer.

    There will be no Coaching Tip of the Week on November 24, 2006, so that we may enjoy this holiday with our families. May you, also, enjoy your holiday. Our next tip will be issued on December 1, 2006.

    The Art of Gratefulness

    by Michael Angier

    The word appreciate has several meanings. One is to be thankful or show gratitude. Another is to raise or increase in value—such as how a good investment appreciates with time. I think that by appreciating—practicing gratefulness—the things we have and want in our lives also increase.

    In our hectic, fast-paced lives, it’s easy to forget about the many things for which we have to be grateful. We tend to be goal-seeking, achievement-oriented people.

    And there’s nothing wrong with that.

    However, it’s vitally important that we not lose sight of the things that are near and dear—things we all too easily take for granted.

    What we focus on expands. If we focus on the problems in our lives, they tend to increase. If we focus on the good things we already have, they too, have a tendency to grow.

    I see it as another form of prayer. When we worry and fret over things, we make them bigger than they really are, as well as attract more of the same. That’s negative prayer—prayer in reverse.

    Focusing on what we HAVE and what we WANT “appreciates” these things—they grow.

    Just before going to sleep each night, my wife and I share at least three things for which we're thankful. We call it doing our "Gratefuls". It takes only a few moments, but it directs our thoughts on the good— on the things we wish to increase in our life.

    I suggest making the conscious consideration of your blessings a daily rather than yearly occurrence. If you do, you’ll find them taking on an even greater presence.

    Copyright Michael Angier & Success Networks International. Used with Permission. Michael Angier is the founder and president of

    Coaching Call to Action

    During this Thanksgiving time and every day:

    1. Be present.
    2. Be open.
    3. Share and give of yourself.
    4. Be grateful.
    5. Enjoy!

    About Andrea Novakowski

    Coach Andrea's Coaching Tip of the Week is brought to you by Andrea Novakowski, Master Certified Coach who provides Business and Personal Coaching to Executives, Small Business Owners, Professionals and Managers. Andrea is a professional coach who partners with people to set goals and create momentum to produce effective results in their business and/or personal lives.

    Andrea is available for individual coaching. If you are serious about reaching your goals and living with greater fulfillment and satisfaction, consider using a coach. To schedule a COMPLIMENTARY initial consultation, send an e-mail to Andrea at

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