One of my all time favorite things is thankfulness. So…
Let me take this moment to say thank you so much to each of you for spending a few minutes with me each week here. I genuinely appreciate each and every one of you. I pray for you often and you are truly a blessing to my life!
In my sixteen years as a trainer, the thing that has really set my methods apart is the aspect of mental strength and perspective! One of the things I have learned and applied in my own life is to view obstacles not as stressful problems but instead as opportunities for success. As you make this switch, you become extremely thankful for your current situation. Hooray for trials. Hooray for victories! 😉
We will continue to work on this in the future…”practicing” thankfulness. I want to start this week by creating a simple thought of gratitude everyday. Your challenge for this week is to look for a strong image of gratitude upon waking…at mid-day and before sleep. It does not have to be long or complicated. Just pick something that you are thankful for and focus on it for a moment. This is something that I do nearly every morning and it makes me so happy and completely re-shapes my outlook. It can be something silly like being stoked to wake up before the alarm goes off. Or looking forward to breakfast with a loved one. Or one of my personal favorites: simply waking up…getting to live another day healthy and free. That is truly something to give passionate thanks for throughout a lifetime.
In addition to the immense perspective shift, as you get in the habit of practicing gratitude, you will also see:
- A stronger immune system
- Greater optimism and overall happiness
- Improved alertness
- Better stress management
- Removal of depression
- Improved sleep
- Physical relaxation
- Favor, joy, peace, perspective, glory and victory in all situations…Seriously!
I have heard many successful, fulfilled, influential people over the years say that they “practiced” a certain mindset so that it became a habit. One of my favorite examples was someone telling me that they made time every day to motivate them self. Often, people perceive the only sources ofmotivation as external (high tempo music, a pep talk with a friend). However he was actually regularly motivating himself. So there is definitely a precedent for reprogramming habits through practicing the appropriate mindset.
If you are already enjoying practicing thankfulness and gratitude, you may want to amp it up a bit. Try not only focusing your thoughts on something you are thankful for…but also speaking it out loud as well as writing it down. Remember, the more senses you can use and the more parts of your brain you can stimulate, the faster and more permanently you will learn. I have even kept a little thankfulness journal for a few days at a time notating the things (big/small, silly/serious) that I am thankful for. You will be amazed how quickly your blessings add up when you start being conscious of them.
So, be thankful. Speak it out. Write it down and keep a record of those blessings!