Happy Monday, everybody! Today’s post is here to give you one simple step you should all start taking today to help you let go of the negative thinking that’s holding you back. That simple step is: GRATITUDE. I know what you’re thinking, “Sure, I may have this and that, but (fill in the blank of everything that’s wrong.)“
Here’s the deal, focusing on what you don’t have, or what’s going wrong, is a sure-fire way to keep you stuck in that rut that you are in. We follow the path of the direction our eyes are looking, so if you’re looking around you and only seeing what’s wrong, that’s what you will continue to find. However, if you look around and you make the choice to instead focus on what’s right, guess what, you will continue to find more of the abundance that is already in your life and in YOU.
One easy assignment that I recommend to everybody to help shift your focus to gratitude is to start making a Gratitude List. Every night before you go to bed, take a few minutes to acknowledge all that you have in your life. Maybe you need to start out small, maybe just 3 gifts that you can acknowledge, a roof over your head, warm water for your shower, breath in your lungs? Doesn’t matter what it is. Just do it. Make this commitment to yourself. Find Gratitude.
Again, it’s really easy when we’re focusing on what’s going wrong to overlook, or minimize, all that’s going right. And the purpose of the gratitude list is not to pretend like everything is rainbows and roses all the time; the purpose is to help shift your focus out of the black-and-white thinking that allows you to only see through that negative lens.
Pain in life is inevitable, we all get hurt, we all feel sad, we all experience loss; however, suffering is a choice. We choose to see what we want to see. Do you want to see the gifts in your life? If you do, make it a point to find them. Notice them throughout your day. Write them down to solidify your commitment. Maybe even say, “thank you,” for these gifts. Then start to notice all of the other gifts that are pouring your way!