The other day someone asked me for life hacks that have worked well from myself and my clients. Instantly I thought of journaling…and then I started thinking of all the life hacks that come from using such a simple tool.
A huge life-shifting, game-changing life hack that I have found to be rewarding, fulfilling and absolutely necessary is keeping a gratitude journal. And science agrees with me on this…Over the past decade, psychology researchers have found that the simple act of writing down things that we are grateful for contribute to better sleep, fewer illnesses, and more happiness for adults and children.
In my experience, I have learned that practicing a continual “attitude of gratitude” opens the flood gates of prosperity from every direction in your life. When we are grateful to people who have touched our lives or grateful for the things that we have, we allow ourselves to receive more and more.
To stay in a grateful state, I use my Success Journal to write gratitude notes daily. At the end of each journal page there’s a spot to write what you’re grateful for. My list often is longer than that so I just write it on a whole page.
A grateful attitude can take you from complaining to confidence.
One of my clients helped her husband advance on his job by reminding him daily to only share the good that happened at work. At first it was a hard task, because he was used to expressing his frustrations as a part of “winding down” after a long day at work. Yet, she stayed on him and eventually he started to see more and more things that went right in his day. By expressing the good instead of the bad, he improved his attitude, saw more opportunities for increase and quickly rose to the top in his company.
A grateful attitude can take you from self-centeredness to security.
In life we have days where the stress is high and anxiety can get the best of you. However, if you dive deep down a path of worry and stress it can be very hard to find your way out of a slump. One negative thought can multiply into a long range of bad thinking and negative energy will surround you like a black cloud.
One proven method to break out of a pity party is to take the focus off of yourself and what you’re lacking and turn your thinking into ideas of hope and gratefulness. Create a list of things you are grateful for. Not the surface stuff. Be grateful for the fact that you can read the words on the screen right now. Be grateful for the air you’re breathing, be grateful that you can walk, talk, sing, dance. Whatever your situation…find the good in it all and express gratitude for it.
I recently talked with a millennial who was upset that she wasn’t reaching her goals quick enough. Her life’s plan was off, her business wasn’t earning what she thought she would be earning. She was completely disappointed, discouraged and ready to throw in the towel on entrepreneurship. She hadn’t been in business that long, and it was just too early to give up! I challenged her to create a list of why she was in business and of everything she was grateful for since becoming an entrepreneur. Then I challenged her to write a list of ways she could help others with her expertise. From this exercise she developed an idea to give back to her community. That initiative helped her bounce back from being discouraged about her business and gave her hope to continue on with her goals. She’s well on her way to building a heart-centered, successful business.
A grateful heart can take you from problems to profits!
I know it’s frustrating to miss your sales goals. But you have to stay focused on the good in order to bring more opportunities for increase into your life.
I had a client call me distraught about not meeting her monthly sales goals for her company. I suggested that she keep a running tally of all the payments that came in and write it in her journal every day. Then, take time to express gratitude for them. By the 2nd day, she realized that there were a group of clients who hadn’t been getting charged on their account, once she called them and updated their card information, she increased revenue by 20 percent. She realized that she had only been thinking about new money coming in and was not focused on the accounts she had.
So, by writing the paying client’s names and giving thanks for those who paid, her eyes were open to money that had been there all along.
Studies show that some people keep gratitude journals and still get no results. I’m sure you’re wondering, how could this be? Well, it’s because it’s easy to go through the motions, not really trust the process and fail at this exercise.
On the other hand, when you make an intention to become more grateful and stay with this process, you will start to go through the transformation and reap all the unlimited, amazing benefits of having a grateful heart.
How to Intentionally Be More Grateful Daily
1. Meditate on being grateful. Take about five minutes to focus on reasons why you are grateful. Really consider the reasons and why they mean so much to me. For gratitude to improve your life, it must be sincere. Thinking about your life and how blessed you are will give you a chance to get sincere even before recording your thoughts in a journal.
2. Record your gratitude list in your journal. The best way to do this is by regularly writing down what you are thankful for. Each night, think back through your day and write everything you are grateful for; every victory, whether big or small. Doing this will heighten your awareness to all the good things that are happening in your life and business — and when you are focused on the good, you will attract more of it. Every night I write a gratitude list and review it each morning. Thankfulness is the key to happiness. It builds your awareness and fosters humility as well as empowers you to continue on your success track.
3. Keep a running list of people who have helped you on life’s journey. Remember those who have given you advice, favor or an opportunity to take your life to the next level. Often, we can get so caught up in the pursuit, we never stop to say thank you to those who’ve helped along the way. When you start acknowledging and showing gratitude to others, you will find that more and more doors of opportunities will open for you.
One of my clients expressed gratitude to a donor at an event and that donor introduced her to 10 more potential donors, encouraging each of them to partner with her non-profit organization.
4. Give 10 reasons why. Sometimes it’s easy to write a one liner of what or whom we’re grateful for. Yet, digging deeper will have a greater impact on your life. So, write 10 reasons why you are grateful for whatever you’ve listed.
5. Savor surprises. Take the time to really account and express gratitude for the surprises of life that have truly touched you. Try to capture the moment while you can still feel the original emotions of its impact on you. Later you’ll reflect on these journal entries with excitement.
I’ve learned that positivity is a force. When you focus on being grateful and refuse to allow negativity to capture your thinking, amazing things happen.
Keeping a gratitude journal focuses you to pay attention to the good things in life that we’d normally take for granted. Make a point to pay attention to gratitude-inspiring moments every day and record them in your journal.
Now Let’s Chat! What are you grateful for right now? Share 1-3 things in the comments.