As entrepreneurs it can be hard to find a positive balance of happiness, when we tend to worry so much about reaching financial success. I am here to tell you we need to reach emotional success first!
How can we reach emotional success, you ask? One simple action: Gratitude. ” Really, Erin I am going to reach success by practicing gratitude?!” YES! And it is a lot easier than it sounds. We spend so much of our lives worry about what WON’T happen, What went WRONG with our day, WHY is everything so terrible, WHEN will it get better??? We must remove ourselves from this vicious circle of stinkin’ thinkin’.
When thoughts are twisted by negative emotions, stinking thinking is the result. In order for us to be successful in any are of our life we need to start practicing gratitude and give thanks to every single thing we do, say, think..that is right, all of it! There is so much to be grateful for in life, and by doing this we are changing our way of thinking, and bringing a positivety into our lives that nobody can get in the way of. Now this is not to say that we do not have bad days, negative thoughts; nobody is perfect! But the difference is, now that you will be practicing gratitude you will easily be able to turn those negative thoughts into thoughts of gratefulness.
“How do I start practicing gratitude, Erin?” I am so glad you asked me this, because I am here to help 🙂 Practicing gratitude is easy,and I like to start fresh when I first wake up. What is your first thought in the morning? I am sure it is something along the lines of ” Why do I have to wake up so early, this sucks”! I get it, I do not like to wake up early either. but I do love putting a smile on my face by deciding how my day is going to play out. ” I can decide how my day is going to be, you ask”? YES! It is amazing to know that we control what we do. A simple” Today is going to be productive” or ” I feel great, and today is going to be great” can shape the whole rest of our day.
Secondly, is an exercise I challenge all of you to partake in; it is called : My Gratitude List. This wonderful idea was found in an amazing book called ” The Magic, by Rhonda Byrne” Use a spiral notebook, an I-pad, a laptop; whatever you prefer in order to note-take. take 15 minutes out of your day and find a quiet spot. Write down 10 things you are grateful for, and why you are grateful for them. After you have finished your list, slowly read through each one, aloud or silently and say “thank you, thank you, thank you” after each one. Do this for 27 days, and watch you attitude in life change! These are just a few of the ways that you can change your attitude in life and start walking the road to positivety. I highly encourage everyone reading this to read “The Magic” and start learning how to practice gratitude. Remember, you have to want to make the change and it can be so so easy to invite thankfulness and gratitude into your life .
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