Originally Posted by John Wesley
Interesting way of considering the link between gratitude and achieving success. I think this relationship is one of the reasons why becoming wealthy can be so difficult. We originally want to be wealthy because we're dissatisfied with our lives. In this state we're the opposite of grateful, making it very hard to attract success. When you're feeling a lot phase 2 gratitude, people can sense the positive energy radiating out of you and want to help you succeed.
One problem with this is that it's very hard to control your feelings. You're either grateful or not, I don't think it's a choice, and this oscillates back and forth.
Your feelings are very difficult to control. However, you can direct your thoughts, and over time, this affects your feelings. There is a link between habitual thoughts and emotions. This is talked about a lot in the works of cognitive therapy.