Gratitude Recharges Beyond Thanksgiving
The practice and power of gratitude as a tool for happiness has long been acknowledged. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, a higher sense of well-being and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.
While we may acknowledge what we are grateful for, especially during the month of November, it can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is not working or lacking in our lives, rather than what is working. Being grateful needs to be more than what we do on Thanksgiving. We need to develop the habit or become more consistent in finding the positive parts of life. Let’s face it, developing a new habit takes time.
That’s why practicing gratitude is key. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the space to see the opportunities and blessings.
There are many things to be grateful for: laughter, airplanes, firefighters, ice cream, gloves and hot chocolate. Please share with us a few things from your list.
1. Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. If creating a new habit, daily may be better. Keeping the journal where you can see it is a good reminder.
2. Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.
Imagine what life would be like without a certain person, convenience or tool. This tends to increase the appreciation/gratitude factor.
3. Put a timer on your phone to remind you daily to be intentional about appreciating what you have.
To Your Success,
Success Requires Courage
It takes courage to dream big dreams… no matter your past, circumstances or what others tell you. It takes courage to go after what really matters to you. And when the going gets tough and obstacles crop up (and they will), it takes courage to press on.
Anytime you go after what you really want, your doubts and fears will surface, it’s just part of the equation. Ignore both the internal and external voices that say “don't even try" or “this is too hard” or "this will never work out". It is courage that keeps you moving forward to your goal.
So when you think about it, moving towards a goal requires daring, every step of the way. Daring to dream. Daring to begin. Daring to keep going and stick with it until you reach your destination. Relish reaching your goal and realize there is usually a sacrifice of some kind needed to get you where you want to be.
To Your Success,
Success Requires Action
It’s almost the beginning of the 2nd quarter and time to check your progress on those 2017 goals. Are you seeing progress? If yes, how much progress? Are there adjustments needed? If you are not seeing progress, why not? What actions have you taken toward your goal or are you stuck inside of inaction?
Taking action is habitual. You can be in the habit of action or the habit of inaction, both trigger dramatically different results. The more you create the habit of action, the more action you take. The more you create the habit of inaction, the harder it is to get started.
What is holding you back? All it takes is that first step, then another step and another. It doesn’t have to be the perfect step because you can always adjust. You just have to take a step and the rest tends to work itself out.
To Your Success,
Jewel Holly Ware's interview with Womens' Radio Network