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Being Grateful

New Year New You? No Way!

Facebook is full of all the New Year New you posts and to that I say NO WAY!  I like who I am.  I’m not perfect, not by any stretch of the imagination.  Are there things I can improve upon in my life?  Absolutely.  I need to lose weight, I need to stop procrastinating and a myriad of of things.  But those are habits that I need to change.  I don’t need to change who I am at my core and neither do you -unless you WANT to.  It’s a choice you need to make for you, and nobody else can make it for you and they shouldn’t talk you in to making changes you don’t want to make.

Don’t get caught up in the you have to weigh this much, or wear these clothes or belong to this group.  You do you because you are wonderful.  Another super important thing to remember is if you do want to do something different in your life, you can start right now.  You don’t have to wait until next Monday or next month, or in the case of tomorrow, next year.  You start when you are ready.

I’m not making resolutions this year.  I’m celebrating great things to be excited about that will be happening this year, like the end of a school year with several of my seniors graduating.  I’m celebrating the fact that my son is going to be traveling to another country to perform, and that my daughter will be receiving her M.Ed and that I have several for fun classes that I’m thinking of taking.

So don’t change anything unless you want to, don’t make resolutions, celebrate great things you know are coming….way better than resolutions in my opinion, but if feel the need to make a resolution, resolve to be happy, be positive and love yourself.  Happy New Year and have an amazing 2020

Gratitude

Today’s guest post is by Luke Goodwin

 

GRATITUDE

 

For me, this is one of the most powerful things that can influence every single area of your life and something that has completely transformed my way of thinking and also the way I conduct myself.

 

Each day, I utilise something called ‘The Miracle Morning’ and within this I have added in an exercise called ‘priming’ by the one and only Tony Robbins. Priming is something that has completely opened my mind, allows me to channel my thoughts, create energy and positivity. While I am doing this priming exercise, which lasts for 14 minutes, there is a part of it that focuses on gratitude, and I cannot put a measurement on how much this has affected me. I didn’t drastically notice immediate changes, but they were happening daily, just really small minor changes in my thinking, but over time, when I look back at my journal entries and how I used to conduct myself, I have realised how much, just spending a small amount of time being grateful, has impacted my life. It allows you to see yourself, other people and the world in a completely different light. It allows you to see solutions and not problems, it allows you to see obstacles as a way of improving not failing and it allows you to enjoy life, complain less, and be positive.

 

I used to be one of those people that would moan about 5 minutes of traffic, moan that someone didn’t arrive on time, moan about a lot of things, and I wondered why my life wasn’t going in the direction I wanted it to go in, and that was due to my thought process and way of thinking. I was very negative, thought I was unlucky, and made bad decisions. Now all of those have completely flipped. I now think positively, generate amazing results, think clearly, work efficiently and have so much more energy.

 

I urge everyone, to practice being grateful, because then it will become an automatic process in your mind. Imagine this, if you are genuinely grateful to have a family, kids, partner, job, LIFE, do you think you would complain about half of the things you currently complain about? Don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect, I still huff and puff now and again, but this has dramatically reduced since taking the time out to be grateful. I used to allow myself to get wound up when my kids misbehaved, which occasionally I still do, after all, we are human. But when I spent every single day being grateful that I am able to be a father, getting wound up over silly things reduced. I used to allow myself to let setbacks and obstacles completely swallow and drown me, and change my thinking into negativity, but when I spent every day being grateful that I have a life, and being grateful that I can even experience these challenges because they are developing my attributes and personality, I now see setbacks and obstacles as strengthening by character and giving me room for improvement. I used to moan that I had a bad day in business, and that I didn’t earn enough money, but when I spent each day feeling grateful for the fact that I am self employed and don’t have to commute, answer to a boss or line someone else’s pockets, it made me see those bad days as development. I am not criticising anyone that is employed here, I am merely stating the fact that for me, those were fundamental reasons why I made the decision to be an entrepreneur.

 

Each day, I would recommend taking time out to practice being grateful, it WILL transform your life. You could try the Tony Robbins priming exercise like I do, if not, simply take 5 minutes out of your day, go somewhere quiet with no distractions and completely zone in on what you are grateful for. This does take practice, and it takes commitment and consistency, it doesn’t happen overnight. For me, at first, I allowed other thoughts to enter my head whilst I was thinking about what I am grateful for, and my mind wondered, but over time, I became better and better and now I can completely zone in and be focus 100% on being grateful. When you do spend time being grateful, don’t worry about what you are thinking about, it could be something huge or it could be something really small, what matters is, how does it make you feel? Sometimes, I think about holding my little boy’s hand when I drop him off at nursery, or cuddling my daughter when I get back from the gym, but for me, it makes me smile when I think about these things. Now, I have spent so much time being grateful for things, I can think about broader things such as being grateful for having a life, and that the possibility for me even existing is so small, I am very very fortunate to even be here, living on this earth today. I sometimes imagine myself hovering above the earth, looking down on it and being blown away at how stunning it looks, and that underneath the atmosphere, are so many amazing miracles to be cherished. That somewhere on that earth is me, living an life. I am extremely grateful for that.

 

I wanted to keep this fairly short, because I think sometimes, things can be over complicated when it doesn’t need to be, and ultimately being grateful is a very simple thing in essence, but it does need to be done consistently in order for it to influence your life. I would love for people to read this, take my advice and get in touch with me and let me know how it has influenced you, no matter how big or small. I take great joy in providing content and value to people, and if it only affects one person, it genuinely makes me happy.

 

Feel free to link up with me on Facebook, I would love to hear your feedback.

 

https://www.facebook.com/luke.goodwin.142

A Cool Idea for the New Year 

We should all do this

Gratitude

So I have this awesome little app on my phone called a gratitude journal, and every day a little reminder pops up to remind me to write down that for which I am grateful.  It also has a nice little quote or saying, and today, it said this:

Before you begin to write anything, silently say “Thank you” twenty times.  Feel the feelings of gratitude as you repeat the words.

I’m really happy it had this today for a variety of reasons.  Usually when I fill out my little journal, the things I post are pretty simple.  I’m grateful it’s the weekend, or that I’m gratsnuggled under warm covers on a cold winter day, or I’m grateful that the Patriots won (that would be today’s gratitude.)  But for a large part of today, I wasn’t grateful, in fact, I was feeling downright sorry for myself.  I wasn’t dwelling on it, but the down in the dumps mood did happen  more than once today.  You all know how I feel about those moods – I think they are inevitable, and we need them to help us appreciate the good moods even more.  But this little quote today really hit me hard.  I have been writing down the things I was grateful for, but I hadn’t been FEELING them.  That’s something I obviously need to work on, and I will.  I truly do want to practice an attitude of gratitude, and if on any given day the only thing I can find to be grateful for is the air that I breathe, then I will feel that gratitude right down to the tips of my toes.  So join me in practicing an attitude of gratitude, and more importantly, in truly feeling grateful each and every day.

It’s all Part of the Learning Curve

I’ve learned a LOT about people and human nature lately.  Sadly, a lot of it is very disappointing, and I am disturbed by the nature of people who profess to be caring individuals.  They pay lip service to doing the right thing and their desire to help, but then turn around and do things that are so contrary to their statements.  It saddens me, but I’m trying to put the lessons I’ve learned to good use.  Again it’s a case of realizing that while I can’t control the actions of others,  I can certainly control how I REact to their actions.

I was prepared to write a scathing post, and publicly call people out on what I consider atrocious behavior, but at what cost?  It’s NOT going to change them, or impact them in any way, and it’s only going to serve to fuel my anger.  So instead,  took some time and thought about their actions, and how they made me feel, and how they impacted me.  Now, I want to thank them, because I have had a life lesson reinforced and I am growing into a better person because of it.

 

P.S.  I will be getting out a blog post for today’s Daily Positive Thought later tonight.  Today was a day full of challenges and I couldn’t get it done during my lunch time

Two Little Words – So Many Feelings

I received an email today from a very nice gentleman in London today.  It wasn’t a long email, in fact it was very short.  It touched on the weather and then, the author of the letter thanked me.  He told me he read the Daily Positive Thought every day and he was grateful to receive them.

I cannot tell you how much that letter meant to me.  I smiled for HOURS just thinking about it and in fact, it spurred me on to write this blog post.  This wonderful gentleman took two minutes out of his day and said Thank You, and it totally turned my day around. Of course I responded to his email, telling him how much I appreciated hearing from him and how much it meant to me – hopefully, I was able to give back to him, some of the great feelings he gave to me!

It’s pretty cool, when you think about it.  We all have the power to bring these feelings to other people.  All it takes is a sincere and heartfelt thank you.  Two words that carry carry so much clout. Thank you – that’s all it takes.

So I want to take an opportunity to thank all of you.   Thank you to those of you who receive the Daily Positive Thought via email.  Thank you to those of you who forward it on to other people.  Thank you to the people who follow Think Positive 30 and Gratitude Rocks on facebook, and for the people who follow us on Twitter and for all the great retweets!

Thank you all very much for sharing this incredible journey with me.

Tracie

 

Gratitude Rocks

I’ve been thinking a LOT about gratitude.  Gratitude ROCKS, and I want to continue to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.  I have a lot of fantastic, great and amazing things in my life, and I want to remember not just to acknowledge them, but to REVEL in them!  I want to get excited about all the good in my life and I want you to do the same.  “Why should I be grateful?” someone asked me when I was talking about this the other day.  “My life sucks, this is going wrong, and that is bad and blah blah blah”….their list went on and on.  I let them go on for a bit about all their woes, because sometimes, venting is good thing.  Finally when they were done, I asked them to tell me 1 good thing in their life.  And what do you know they were able to come up with something good in their life, and then another, and another, and another.  It was amazing.  When they put forth a little effort, they found there were a lot of good things in their life – it’s all a matter of perspective, really.  Then I asked why they simply couldn’t be grateful for those good things, instead of focusing on all the negative things in their life – and they didn’t have couldn’t give me a reason.

Negative thinking gets to be a habit.  That’s why I created Think Positive 30 – to get into a habit of thinking positive for 30 days, and hopefully for the rest of your life.  Now I also want to help people create an attitude of gratitude and focus on all the things they have in their lives that they are grateful for.  So visit us on facebook and develop an attitude of gratitude because gratitude rocks.

A New Year a New Outlook

This is NOT going to be one of those look back over the past year type of posts.  I could do that, but I figure just about everybody in the bloggerverse is doing that, and I’m a rebel.

2011 was a rough year for a lot of people, myself included, and I see no point in in reliving it.  It’s time to move forward, and move forward with purpose, drive, determination and joy.  Joy?  Yes, joy.  Because great things are going to happen in 2012. Great, wonderful and amazing things.

Set your goals in your mind, and see yourself achieving them.  Do this every day.  Develop a plan, and take baby steps toward that goal.   Just keep reminding yourself that every day in every way you are a unique and incredible individual filled with love and light!

Have a wonderful and prosperous 2012 and stay positive!

Gratitude Rocks!

Expressing gratitude seems like a cosmic invitation for all kinds of thankfulness and appreciation to pour in. – Mary Anne Radmacher

Gratitude Rocks! It really does. Gratitude is an open door to so many good, great and positive things! When you are filled with gratitude and are grateful for the everyday things in life, it just shines out of you like a ray of light.  But it’s also like a magnet, and when you’re grateful for the things that you have, you attract even more great things to you.  It seems to me that it’s a pretty small trade off to get good things in your life.  Be grateful now, get good things later.  What do you have to lose?

Gratitude in Advance

Gratitude in advance is the most powerful creative force in the universe. – Neale Donald Walsch

Gratitude in advance. What a concept. I find it hard enough to be grateful for what I do have, because what I do have isn’t always what I want. Of course, if you’re grateful in advance for what you want, you’ll be in a better, more receptive frame of mind, and it will come to you easier!  The question is, how do you become grateful in advance.  Simple, by being honestly grateful for what you have.  And when I say honestly grateful, I mean honestly grateful, not just paying lip service to it.  Think about it, you may not have the house of your dreams, but do you have a place to live?  So many people these days don’t.  Do you have enough food to eat, or a job? Take an honest look at your life and be grateful for what you have.  Don’t lose sight of the things that you want, but appreciate what you have with all your heart, and soon you’ll find it’s easier to be grateful for what is coming!

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