Here We Grow…

Here We Grow…

“Gratitude Training will be available in 300 cities within 10 years…from 2017-2020 the goal is to grow 50% every year having a total of 20 centers by the end of 2020.”

~Jo Englesson, April 2016


How many times have you heard, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me!”  Well, members of our Gratitude community have taken that saying to heart and demonstrated the distinction of Be, Do, Have!  A powerful group of individuals DECLARED Gratitude Training Part 1 would be offered in New Jersey in 2017. They were committed to being a part of my vision… They were willing to do whatever it takes…  And, drumroll please…

New Jersey, here we come!!! EWR-GT1 Part 1 is scheduled for August 3-6, 2017!! Can’t you feel the energy intensifying!?!

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Because of 4AM

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Kobe Bryant recently shared an all-time great mindset, manifested into a subtle quote that not many people noticed. It’s been three weeks and I can’t get it out of my head, so I wanted to share. You can take it literally or (mostly) metaphorically – both work and can be applied to the dream you’re chasing.

The quote came from Kobe when he was on stage accepting the ‘Icon Award’ at the ESPYS. He was addressing fellow athletes: 

“We’re not on this stage just because of talent or ability,” Bryant said.

“We’re up here because of 4 a.m. We’re up here because of two-a-days or five-a-days.

We’re up here because we had a dream and let nothing stand in our way. If anything tried to bring us down, we used it to make us stronger.”

There are thousands of athletes that had similar or even better talent than Kobe. Just like there are thousands of executives, leaders, sales managers, artists, musicians, writers, etc. that have the same and more talent than you and me.

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My vision is to go out of business! But first, 300 cities in 10 years!

My vision is to go out of business!  But first, 300 cities in 10 years!

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My vision is to awaken the planet, maximize joy and actualize peace. It is quite a bold vision, however, I am confident that with everyone working as a team and in community with each other, it is more than possible.

Awaken the planet.   This excites me! Everyday I get to see people and hear stories that indicate that someone has ‘woken up’ in some area or aspect of their life. For some it is as profound as ‘getting their life back’, awakening to this sweet thing we call life. For others, they may have looked into their loved one’s eyes for the first time with a whole new understanding of compassion and forgiveness. In whatever way we surface from the asleep-ness of our human existence, we begin to wake up to who we authentically are: whole, perfect and complete. When we understand that we are that, understand that we matter and are a contribution to the planet, we begin to operate as one massive heartbeat where love and compassion flourish. The cliff note’s version: When we become aware and present, we foster love and kindness.

There are many ways to become aware, some are quick and some may take a lifetime. In my experience, the Gratitude Training is by far the fastest way to awaken. For me personally, experiencing the training was like being hit over the head by a 2×4…In a good way! I was able to see areas in my life where I was still asleep, still unaware. From this awareness I have been able to create the most amazing relationships, career, family and fun in my life and it is getting sweeter every day. I am committed to making the Gratitude Trainings available to everyone…until…they become unnecessary.

I recently made a bold declaration: Gratitude Training will be available in 300 cities within 10 years. I say BOLD because if I look at the numbers, this would mean, on average, 2 new cities a week! We are opening Charlotte, NC on June 11, the 3rd city, with a commitment of 150 students walking in to Part 1 (there are already 120 students enrolled). If you are interested in bringing Gratitude Training to your city, please email cherrie@gratitudetraining.com and she will send you information on how to get started.

Maximize Joy.   Joy is what is closest to my heart, not only because it is the highest expression of all of us, but also because I bask in it everyday. Arian, my wife, always tells people that when I wake up, I ‘pop up like a piece of toast’. She’s right; I do wake up every morning with a sense of awe and wonder. I am excited about being alive and joy is a natural state of being for me. In this aspect I feel fortunate, joy is effortless for me. I am aware, however, that this is not true for everyone. This is why I am committed to spreading and maximizing joy for all human beings on this planet. We all deserve to be joyous and have fun, regardless of what is going on around us. This is why Gratitude, as a virtue and distinction, is so important. When we are grateful, we are present. When we are present, the regrets from yesterday and the fears about tomorrow are gone and we can simply enjoy the moment. What remains is a fertile ground for joy and happiness to emerge.

Actualize Peace.   I am a firm stand that world peace will occur in my lifetime. I am clear that Gratitude Training is a vehicle for my vision to be manifested. This is why I spend endless hours, nights and weekends (when I am not with my family), doing whatever it takes to bring this training to as many people possible. The training works. When we become aware of our thoughts, beliefs and actions, we have choice. Choosing peace in every moment will have it manifest out in the world. I firmly believe that peace is an inside job.

Yes, my vision is to go out of business. It’s true. If we have an awakened, joyous and peaceful planet, we will not need the trainings. At that time, I will spend my days basking in the joys of connecting with people and channel my creativity elsewhere. Can’t wait to see you there!