Gratitude is something that we all know “should” be done on a regular basis…but let’s face it, it gets put on the back burner more than any of us would care to admit.
I, myself, have dropped it more than once, only to come back to it and remember what a powerful tool it is.
As we move closer to the holidays and turn of the new year, it’s especially important to look back on all that we’ve had over the past year. The trials, the learning, and the successes, be they big or small.
A gratitude practice can be a simple but powerful way to bring more positivity and joy into your life. It can help to shift your focus from negative thoughts and experiences to the good things in your life, and can improve your overall outlook and confidence.
Use the simple practice of gratitude, in which you sit quietly for a moment or two and think about all that you are grateful for, to bring closure to the year. Write down the big and small things that you are grateful for.
Writing it down is the KEY part of this practice. Just sitting and ruminating on the things you’re grateful for is ok, but writing it down really solidifies it into your consciousness. Writing brings things into reality. You can see, smell, feel, hear, and taste it.
It also gives you something to look back on during those days when things are just not quite going your way. Reviewing your gratitude list(s) reminds you of all that is good in your life and makes you smile.
A Grateful Space
I suggest that you find a special space to sit and reflect. A space where you can gather inspiration.
The key to creating a grateful space is to make it personal and meaningful to you. It should be a place where you feel comfortable and at ease, and where you can take time to focus on the good things in your life.
My space is the back porch. I’m filled with fresh air, bird song, wind chimes, and the trees rustling. I get connected with nature and all it’s wonders.
I prepare myself for the day with a warm drink and spend a few moments tapping into the universal energy and my Big Dreams and Goals.
Just take a few minutes each day and write down ten things you’re grateful for. You can write more, but do your best to write out at least TEN things. They can be as big as the promotion you just got, the successful Launch you just did, or as small as the warm drink you had this morning, the smell of the freshly fallen snow. It’s up to you.
What Gratitude Does
This small practice will keep you focused on not only the good things in your life, but also the good things that are coming your way!
It helps the endorphins flow, the serotonin release in your brain, and brings you into a state of calm and peace.
By acknowledging the good things in your life today you will be able to see the good things that are showing up in your life tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year.
Practicing gratitude is a powerful way to improve your self-esteem and confidence. You will start to believe that you are worthy and that good things DO happen to you.
Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and remember:
Keep your eyes on the horizon, your hands on the wheel, and your foot on the GAS!!
See you next year,