Embrace these 10 gifts of life
“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” – Tony Robbins
What does it mean to be a human being? As humans, we have been given the gifts of life that are greater than any other living being. And we all have these powerful gifts within us: our energy, our caring, our drive, our generosity and our love. Most importantly, we have been given the ability to choose. We have been given the ability to ascribe our own meaning to the things that happen to us – to change our stories deeply and profoundly.
Life’s gifts are not always positive. The real gifts of life are often disguised in the cloak of our problems. But we alone have the ability to turn our darkest moments into our greatest gifts. We all have these moments that we’d never want to go back to – yet we can still appreciate them for making us who we are today. Because our problems are the very thing that it takes to step up to the next level of life. They are the key to more freedom, more joy, more love, more excitement, more impact.
They make us stronger. They make us care more. They increase our emotional control and our ability to give back.
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The secret to living is giving
When we suffer, when we fail, when we experience deep loss, we think we can’t go on. We feel life closing in around us. But a life of suffering is not your destiny. A small, timid life is not your destiny. Your destiny is to wake up to the gifts of life: to be more, create more, love more, do more, give more. Your destiny is to find an empowering meaning in every single thing that happens to you. And your destiny is to give – because the secret to living is giving.
Contribution – giving – is one of our most powerful Six Human Needs, the one thing that can bring us fulfillment when nothing else can – not money, not power, not a nice car or a mansion.
Life happens for us, not to us
When was the last time you took a deep breath and noticed the beauty all around you? Put down your phone, stopped rushing around and allowed yourself to be truly present? Even if you’re at work, or taking care of errands or dealing with those day-to-day frustrations, we all feel. Even if you’re going through tough times. When you think you couldn’t possibly find beauty at this moment – that is when you must.
We all have these powerful gifts within us. And our darkest moments can give way to our deepest truths – if we choose to believe that life happens for us, not to us. It’s time we decide to step out of the stress and experience the gifts of life. Step beyond our challenges and remember that even our greatest challenges are gifts in disguise.
1. Gift of gratitude
Gratitude is the single most important practice you can add to your life. As Tony says, “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” When you fill your mind with gratitude and thanks, there is no room for negative emotions. You will live in a state of beauty and positivity, bringing light to everyone around you – and the universe will respond in kind.
2. Gift of emotion
Emotions make us human. They give life meaning and purpose. They create our most joyful experiences and our more devastating moments. They don’t always feel positive. Yet when we learn to tap into what they are telling us and use them to grow into better versions of ourselves, even emotions like sadness, fear and anger can create positive change.
3. Gift of drive
What does every successful person – from athletes to actors, from doctors to entrepreneurs – have in common? A deep belief in themselves and an insatiable drive to be more, create more, do more and give more. This hunger destroys the fear of failure. It laughs in the face of limitations. It makes you unstoppable. You can learn how to embrace the gift of drive to achieve more than you ever thought possible.
4. Gift of connection
Love and connection are two of the most powerful needs human beings have. They can start wars and end them. They bring us our highest highs and our lowest lows. Without them, life seems empty and cold. But real connection doesn’t just happen. It’s a set of actions we take every day to be present, listen deeply and allow ourselves to be vulnerable. It’s one of the most powerful gifts of life, but it’s also a choice. Will you choose love?
5. Gift of consciousness
You’re awake – but are you fully conscious? Do you feel emotions deeply? Do you practice compassion and empathy? Do you live with purpose, confident of your place in the world? When you embrace the gift of consciousness, you open yourself up to a new level of awareness. You connect to your higher self and unlock an ability to surrender that brings true happiness.
6. Gift of growth
If you’re not growing, you’re dying. That’s the plain truth. It’s about more than achieving goals and collecting material wealth. It’s about learning to turn obstacles into opportunities and find the lesson in everything. As Tony says, “No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” Give yourself the gift of growth today.
7. Gift of grace
Grace is a guiding force among the gifts of life. It shows up when we need it and when we least expect it. It’s given for no reason at all and it exists with or without you. Some call it luck. Some call it God. You know it when you feel it: It’s a sense of awe and wonder for the small things in life. When you learn to recognize and embrace the gift of grace, you can pass it on to others and change the world.
8. Gift of presence
We’re not just here to take, we’re here to give. That’s what makes us feel alive. Giving is the ultimate gift of life – and you don’t need money or special skills to do it. The best way to give to others is to be fully present. To give deeply of yourself, your time and attention. The gift of presence, of experiencing every moment fully, is also the greatest gift you can give yourself.
9. Gift of forgiveness
Forgiveness can be one of our greatest challenges in life. It isn’t easy to forgive those who have hurt us, and it can be even harder to forgive ourselves. When you trade your expectations for appreciation, you will realize that forgiveness isn’t a gift you give others – it’s a gift you give yourself. It is freedom from blame and anger and pain. It is the ability to learn from the past, and let it go.
10. Gift of joy
When you embrace the gifts of life – connection and emotion and gratitude and forgiveness – you will be able to experience pure, genuine joy in life. The type of joy that makes you feel elated, like you’re walking on air. It has nothing to do with what’s happening around you. You can create your own joy, no matter what. It starts right now.
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