It is difficult to give gratitude when times are tough. It is also THE most important time to do it. I know if you are suffering from back pain, what do you have to be grateful for? Perhaps you are grateful for the invention of Advil’s that help alleviate your pain, even if it’s temporary. Or that the doctor could get you in at the last minute. Or you were able to get a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.
This positive outlook will change the way you see the world and it will begin to look brighter. You just need to go looking for it.
The next step is to actually journal about it. There is something to be said about the writing it down. It shows sincerity and commitment. The universe will hear it and give back.
2. Watch your language
What you choose to say and the words you use can have an impact on your world. I once accidentally said “Watch how I will now put the weight back on”. Sure enough 3 years later, my self-fulfilling prophecy came true. Instead, today I am telling myself “I am beautiful and I am confident!”
We all complain how we are “busy” and “overwhelmed”. Someone yesterday shared with me that instead, we should see ourselves as “productive” and “accomplished”. I love it! Thank you Achiru for that share.
3. Accountability partner
Sometimes having a buddy that can help us over the hump is all we need. This doesn’t have to be a close friend. It just has to be someone who is willing to listen.
The process that works very well and is not time consuming for both parties is to send 2 texts or emails every day. The one in the morning is to show what is your intention for the day is. It could be something as simple as “My intention today is to go to the doctor to get my back pain checked out”, or “write one chapter of my book”.
At the end of the day, report at least 1 success and 1 gratitude. It could be “I found a parking spot very close to the doctor’s office so I didn’t have to walk as far!” or “I finished writing 2 chapters!”. For the receiver, a simple thumb’s up or “That’s great!” will make the world of difference to the person on the other end.
If you do this every day, you will begin to see a shift. Please remember it takes 6 weeks to create a habit and this is certainly a great habit to have.
We are not alone in this world. We are here to help each other. If anyone has other tips to share, please add it to the comments.
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