Often people think that it takes a huge daily time commitment for something to make a significant change in their lives. There are many things that you can do on a regular basis that make a huge difference in your life and does not take a huge amount of time. I will introduce one of those quick activities today.
I encourage you now to take a moment and write down what you are grateful for in your life right now. Take a pen and paper and physically write it down. Make a list of 5-10 things that you are truly grateful for. This only takes a few minutes, but take more time and fill several pages if you are inspired to do that.
In these challenging times I encourage you to start and end each day with writing down 3-5 things you are grateful for. There are always a few things you can think of no matter what is going on in your life. It is quick and easy to do, and yet so powerful for your life.
If you journal this regularly, you are creating new neural pathways in your mind. This will help you focus on what is extraordinary in your life and give you a vision of something worth fighting for, living up to, or will simply give you that feeling of immense joy. When you get into a state of gratitude, you get into an empowering state of mind. You may not control what others do or say, but you can control your mind and actions.
This simple daily task of writing down 5-10 things you are grateful for will give you a new perspective to view your world through. It is amazing how a different perspective can positively change your life. This daily activity will plant a seed that, with consistent effort and love, will grow into something truly magnificent! It is my belief that everyone wants to live their lives at their full potential more often than not, and daily gratitude helps you to do that.
Sometimes people will feel they have nothing to be grateful for. Take a moment and look around you. You have access to electricity and a phone (or computer) or you couldn’t be reading this. There are people who don’t have that access. Often there are other limiting beliefs that stop people from writing down things they are grateful for on a daily basis. These beliefs can be: this doesn’t work, I don’t have time for this, this is stupid, life is horrible, etc. If you feel resistance to being asked to write down things you are grateful for, there is a limiting belief somewhere in your mind.
Whatever your beliefs are, know that there is nothing wrong with you if they are causing you resistance, pain, or challenges. Your beliefs, just like a computer program, may need some adjustment in order for you to live the optimal life you desire. I have helped numerous clients recognize and overcome their limiting beliefs in a collaborative and positive manner so that they may have breakthroughs in their lives.
Having an open mind and finding new perspectives is critical to having breakthroughs. As a results coach I have seen people struggle against their resistance, but when they allow themselves to see a new perspective they allow themselves to have profound and positive life changes. Taking 100% responsibility for your life now is a great place to start. Victim mentality will keep you stuck in the past and gives power away to others. Having a growth mindset going forward will empower you and your actions. All of life’s experiences are meant to give us the opportunity to grow, adapt, and live stronger.
Start developing your growth mindset today by writing down 5-10 things you are grateful for and do this daily for the next 30 days. Pay attention to how your thoughts and attitude changes. You will find yourself seeing things from a different perspective and having more positive interactions with others. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by doing this. After the 30 day trial, you will have seen the benefits, developed a wonderful habit, and will want to keep writing down daily 5-10 things you are grateful for indefinitely.