There are a lot of strategies for being successful in life.

From business to sports to science to being an elite Navy SEAL – there are tried and true strategies that give you the edge over your competition.

One powerful strategy that is most often overlooked when it comes to bring a superstar is the attitude of gratitude.

Being grateful is transformational.

It makes you an elite performer at whatever competition you’re playing. At first glance, it’s easy to shrug off gratitude as something relegated for Thanksgiving dinner and your kid’s Sunday School service.

Frankly, those are good times to be grateful.

Being grateful at one moment in time because your environment coerced you to be grateful is different than purposefully intending to show gratitude.

Here are a few reasons why gratitude is your best strategy for success:

  1. When you’re grateful, you attract the right people to you. – “Birds of a feather flock together”might be an outdated antidote. But it still holds truth. If you want awesome, appreciative clients, then you need to be that person yourself. No one likes being around a miserable, self-righteous complainer who thinks he knows everything. Gratitude changes that.
  2. When you’re grateful, you tend to be more creative. – Instead of stumbling over the doom and gloom of your particular situation, you’ll find yourself finding the bright spots buried in the bad news. That will give you the strength to try what no one else is willing to investigate. When you try more, you win more. Gratitude shows you the way forward.
  3. When you’re grateful, you make better decisions. – Instead of lashing out at those who do you wrong or letting dangerous emotions drive your next steps, you’ll find yourself making smarter decisions — that don’t come back to hurt you in the future. Gratitude is you taking that deep breath. Gratitude allows you to take a step back and look at life with clearer eyes.
  4. When you’re grateful, you spend your money much more wisely. – Instead of wasting money on everything that you “need to have” because of how little you think about what you already have right now, you invest in your own long term success. You are willing to say “NO”. And that’s means a much bigger “YES” in the future. Gratitude makes you smarter with your money.
  5. When you’re grateful, you tend to be a little bit more lucky than everyone else. – Maybe you’re not actually any luckier than anyone else. But if that’s how you feel, can you argue against it? Imagine waking up and feeling like the luckiest person in the world each morning. How much differently would you act? Chances are, you wouldn’t be doing what you’re planning on doing right now. Gratitude gives you lift.

You might be ignoring the best strategy you have for success.

There are a lot of strategies that will help you become a superstar.

Some will cost you money. Others, like gratitude, will require that you change how you think.

Instead of grumbling and groaning and questioning “why”, maybe it’s time to start being a little more grateful for everything that you do have.

And then go conquer more.