Discussions on positive intentions and thoughts can often turn into a Pollyanna-ish, often dangerous, perspective. All the optimism in the world won't help you if your product or service sucks, just as too much enthusiasm can have you (and your business) collapse from exhaustion. A positive outlook is a tool--and it won't automatically give your company things that can't be rushed.

Expressing gratitude for what you've accomplished, though, may help you bring in more prosperity. New York Magazine shared a new scientific study on the power of gratitude. In short, people who consciously showed gratitude for what they currently had exhibited different brain activity weeks, if not months after the act:

The results suggest that even months after a simple, short gratitude writing task, people's brains are still wired to feel extra thankful... [T]he more practice you give your brain at feeling and expressing gratitude, the more it adapts to this mind-set -- you could even think of your brain as having a sort of gratitude "muscle" that can be exercised and strengthened (not so different from various other qualities that can be cultivated through practice, of course). If this is right, the more of an effort you make to feel gratitude one day, the more the feeling will come to you spontaneously in the future.

Showing gratitude can become a habit to the point where you start expecting more things to be grateful for. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy. The opposite seems to be true, at least anecdotally: If you don't believe that you already have enough, then you probably will not feel like you have enough in the future, either. Science hasn't proven that one, though.

How do you express gratitude? It can be simple as writing a list of what you are thankful for, as people did in the scientific study. For myself, I reflect on where I was, say, a year ago and respect the wins I have achieved as well as the strength I had to overcome the challenges. Overall, the study makes it all the more crucial that you celebrate every victory, including the small wins.

When is the last time you showed gratitude for what you have already built?