There’s a game I like to play called the appreciation game. This is a practice created by the great teacher Abraham-Hicks.
It’s very simple: You just appreciate and appreciate more. You appreciate everything in your life that’s good right now, even the smallest stuff.
The appreciation game can change your mood or the dynamic between people within minutes. It’s also a fantastic tool for manifesting.
Appreciating what you have now is key to attracting what you want
You might be thinking, “Okay, I can appreciate the things in my life that I like. But what about the stuff I don’t like and really want to change?”
Good question. Let’s say you have a job you don’t like. Every day you wake up and sit on the edge of your bed and stare at the wall and think about your commute and the long meetings.
Then you walk into work and you’re thinking, “Let’s just get through this.” You’re bored and complaining to your friends or your partner. You’re counting down to the weekend. And by Sunday night you’re staring at the wall again.
All you want is a new job, but every time you look there aren’t any good listings. No one responds to your applications. The few jobs that look interesting don’t pay enough.
One mindset shift makes all the difference
This kind of situation can make you feel very frustrated and stuck.
But the truth is that all you have to do is make ONE mindset shift in order to get on the path to the job you love.
That shift is to begin appreciating what you do have right now, in THIS job.
When you appreciate the job that you have now, no matter what it is, it actually helps you attract that exact career path you want!
This is where your logical mind might step in and say, “Whoa, not so fast.”
It may seem counterintuitive at first. You might think, “I don’t want to appreciate this thing I don’t want. That’s sending out a message to the Universe that I want something I don’t want!”
This is a big misconception.
The truth is that the more you appreciate what’s in front of you, the more you attract what it is that you desire!
Check out this clip of a talk I gave on this topic at the Play/Ground event in June 2018, which was put on by POPSUGAR. Then keep reading for a breakdown of the power of appreciation and how to play the appreciation game!
The power of appreciating what you have
If you begin to appreciate that job that’s not that great, you start to emit a higher-frequency energy. You show up to work with a better attitude. You speak up more in meetings. You find ways to make your work more interesting and purposeful.
Your boss and coworkers pick up on that energetic shift. They start to see you a bit differently. Maybe they see that potential in you and give you a cool new project or a raise.
One day you realize you’re just in a really good mood because you’ve been appreciating everybody, your resentment has lifted and you’re no longer complaining.
You get on an elevator with someone who picks up on that high-vibe energy you’re giving off and they strike up a conversation. They say, “What do you do?” You say, “I’m a copy editor.” And then they say, “Oh, how interesting, we’ve been looking for a copy editor.”
The next thing you know, you’ve set up a call with this person for the next day.
This is not some wild coincidence. This is the kind of encounter you can expect to attract when you are in an energy of appreciation. Your appreciation creates these opportunities.
But when you’re in an energy of lack, fear or negativity, you’re likely to deflect the creative possibilities in your life. Your energy literally repels them.
The Universe responds to energy. When you’re in an energy of appreciation, you attract the exact people, circumstances and opportunities you desire.
How to start appreciating what you have
I know your logical mind is still giving me a skeptical look right now. You’re curious, and this sounds really cool, but you’re still wondering:
Gabby, how the hell do I appreciate something I don’t like?!
Let me give you some examples. Because like I said, this game is EASY.
All I ask is that you be willing to try it out.
Here are some examples of what you might say about that current job you don’t really love…
- I appreciate that I have a job in the field I want to be in.
- I appreciate that I can pay my bills and put money into savings.
- I appreciate my coworker for always helping me out when things get crazy.
- I appreciate that really nice client.
So far I’ve been talking about a work-related example, but you can play the appreciation game with anything in your life.
Maybe you’re on the dating scene and you’re sick of being single, and you’re ready to attract an awesome relationship. Here are some examples in this situation:
- I appreciate the freedom of being single and the excitement of meeting new people.
- I appreciate the opportunity to meet so many different people. Even if it’s not true love, it’s really cool to connect.
- I appreciate dating because I get to check out great restaurants and try new activities!
If you’re really stuck in negativity, you can keep it even simpler. Gently notice something around you that brings you just a bit of joy. Maybe it’s the snack you’re eating or the sound of rain falling. Just appreciate.
Discover my methods for manifesting a life beyond your wildest dreams!
In my book, Super Attractor, I lay out the essential methods for manifesting a life beyond your wildest dreams. Appreciation is a key ingredient in co-creating the life you want, and I dive deep into this topic in chapter 9!
How appreciation amps up your attracting power
In a state of appreciation you’re relaxed, surrendered and faithful. That is the perfect energy for allowing your desires to come into form. When you’re aligned with appreciation you can surrender your desires to the Universe and trust in a plan beyond your own.
When you assume an energy of appreciation, you feel good in the present moment regardless of whether your desires have manifested yet. In a state of appreciation you’re having fun along the way.
So today, become willing to appreciate. Even if you’re still a bit skeptical, give it a try. Start to make it a habit to pivot into appreciation and allow yourself to feel good!