Have you ever read articles about how people like Oprah or Brendon Burchard start their day? They claim the practice of gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to change your life, and they are living proof. Keeping a gratitude journal is an excellent way to start noticing and counting your blessings. It’s simple, yet powerful.
But there’s no need to stop there!
There are many ways to add the practice of gratitude into your life so that you stay focused on appreciating all the amazing things you have in your life. Here are a few simple ways to add more feelings of gratitude in your life, starting now.
Want to be happier? Most people do! The good news is there are some simple practices to make you happy, and they don’t cost a cent! And, you can get started as soon as you finish reading this article.
Appreciating people for what they have done for you helps improve your level of happiness. It strengthens your relationships and draws more positive people to you. Studies have shown that people who show gratitude consistently live a healthier life. They don’t have constant ups and downs in emotions, they sleep well and have fewer health problems.
Sharing what you have with people who cannot afford to own such things not only makes them happy, it also makes the giver happy, abundant and fulfilled. Merely showing simple acts of kindness boosts people’s trust in and love for you. Studies show that those who show kindness felt happier than those who didn't. Having the desire to share your time and resources with others starts with acknowledging and...
Setting goals are not the same as just wanting something, or even making resolutions. Deciding you want something won’t get you anywhere without goals and a plan to achieve them. Whether it’s losing that spare tire, writing your novel or expanding your business, there are some key things to focus on if you want to reach your goals.
1. Be your best you
If you want to achieve your goals you need to be the best you that you can be. Show up, work hard, be kind, live the life you want to have, and be the person you want to be. Know that you’re doing everything you can and a bit more to achieve the life you want. Be your cheerleader and know that you can do it!
2. Look after yourself
Part of being your best you is for you to take care of yourself, mind and body. Make sure you eat well, exercise, get outside for some fresh air, and take time out for rest and fun. Looking after yourself and having a balanced life will keep you focused and energized and help you avoid...
What's stopping you from taking action? Is it fear? Perhaps you're waiting for the right break instead of making your opportunities in life? Or maybe you believe you're not smart or talented enough? These negative beliefs are holding you back.
There's a reason why so many intelligent people fail. They tend to overthink everything and are often afraid to take risks. If that's your case, here are some powerful reasons to become an action-taker:
Get Rid of Doubts
If you don't take action, you'll keep wondering What if? You will struggle with self-doubt and question your decisions. Taking action builds experience and boosts your confidence. It also allows you to discover new resources and information that will contribute to your success.
Your Time Is Limited
Steve Jobs once said that remembering you're going to die is the best way to stop thinking you have something to lose. Your time on this earth is limited. You never know what’s going to happen a month or a...
There are many different ways to grow personally daily, and it’s important to keep in mind that small efforts will create change and encourage you to grow in ways that you cannot even imagine right now.
I encourage you to do something daily that your future self will thank you for, and today, I’m sharing seven ways that you can incorporate time into your day for personal growth!
1 - Know Yourself
Knowing yourself is not just about knowing your likes and dislikes. It is more about knowing who you are as a person deep within yourself. Consider taking some time to identify your core values as a person. Many businesses have core values, but bringing your values back to personal development will help tremendously in the business world.
2 - Cultivate A Positive Crew
Surround yourself with positive people and people you want to be like. I’m talking about people who encourage you, help you grow and challenge you to achieve greatness. These people have a story to tell,...
One of the biggest issues regarding setting goals is to keep them at a high level. We all want to accomplish things in life. But setting goals that are too general is going to make it difficult to accomplish them. It’s also going to be difficult to measure how you are doing. The best approach is to break big goals into chunks.
Think of the chunks as action items. These actions are measurable units that you put to milestones. You need to set them up in a way that holds you accountable. Otherwise, they won’t get accomplished.
Write your goals and action steps down on paper. Put it in a place where you can view it every single day. It’s okay to record them electronically as well, although some people find it difficult to keep both the paper version and electronic version in sync. It’s a personal preference. If you feel you can succeed with just one or the other, that is the way to go.
It’s okay to dream big with your goals but be realistic about...
How would you like to achieve a big goal? Achieving big goals is a science. We’re not talking about losing 10 pounds or cleaning out the attic by the end of the month. A big goal is losing 50 pounds or doubling your income.
The average person is effective at accomplishing smaller goals, but struggles with big goals. Big goals aren’t any more difficult. They just require more time.
Big goals require a different strategy:
1. It’s important to measure your progress. Big goals take time, and it’s easy to become discouraged. It’s common for most of the results to occur near the end of the process. Perseverance is critical. Measuring your progress provides motivation to keep going.
Since big goals can take a lot of time, it’s important to know that you’re on the right track. Maintaining an awareness of your progress or lack of progress will allow you to change your approach as needed.
2. Big goals must be a priority. How many times have you...
There’s a lot you can accomplish by having a positive self-image. Your confidence will increase which means that you can deal with more situations. People will respond to your increased self-image in a positive way as well.
The first step to increasing your self-image is to know yourself. You need to understand your capabilities and skills. You also want to determine weaknesses to improve upon. But don’t beat yourself up too much when identifying these. Weaknesses can easily be turned into strengths if you work at them long enough.
Determine what aspects about you are important to change and concentrate on those. There may be aspects that you are not that concerned with and won’t have much effect on your self-image. Ignore those. You can’t and shouldn’t change every aspect of yourself. Sometimes, you should just accept those aspects of your personality and move on.
You need to be willing to change. If you don’t feel good about yourself, you have...
Maintaining a journal keeps me on track towards my objectives.
Milestones are encouraging. I include them in a journal to keep me moving forward towards my goals. Seeing each small win pushes me to go after the next one.
Each workday is productive because I am guided by a list. Before I begin working, I plot out the steps to achieve productivity. This approach allows me to focus on the important things and block out the distractions.
Although unexpected tasks sometimes come my way, I avoid losing focus. I adjust my goals for the day and make room for the new responsibilities.
Larger life goals are easier to achieve when I set small milestones along the way. Each week, I allocate time to achieving one of these smaller milestones and I stick to the allocations.
When I focus on one small task at a time, I avoid feeling overwhelmed by how much there is to do. I am gentle with myself by setting milestones.
Overall wellness is important as I go after goals. I make time each day to...
Reflect on your life, solve challenges, and see how you’ve grown over the years by keeping a journal.
These tips can help you get started:
::: Choose your medium. Notebooks seem to work the best.
::: Choose a time to journal each day. The end of the day, as you reflect on your day, is a great time for journaling.
::: Avoid missing more than one day at a time
::: Keeping your entries fairly short will encourage you to write regularly