Gratitude: The Lost Art of making True Progress

Gratitude meme

Ok, fix my whole entire life with Gratitude

Hmmm, alright, but you’ll have to read this blog.

Gratitude is one of the most powerful states of mind we can hold. When we tune into being thankful for all the things we do have, we naturally attract in more of those things. (Ok… Check!)

All too often, we default to being overly critical of ourselves and that makes us feel bad about our lack of progress or shortcomings. (Yikes, you must know me…)

So, what can we do to turn this around and what needs to be addressed first? To name a few, feelings of guilt, shame, anger or resentment.

 

Ok, what’s next? I like where we’re headed…

If we can be honest with the feelings that we’ve been focusing on and giving our precious energy to, then we can shift out of them.

That can be represented on a piece of paper as “Point A.” An example of that could be, “Feeling guilty about missing the gym and not having the body that we want or maybe we couldn’t stop eating those unhealthy items that are always staring at us from the candy or soda isle.

Then we come up with the desired feeling or future outcome as “Point B.”

 

Oh yea baby, take me through this awesome little exercise…

The big key to this transition is to normalize this gap. For example, we can accept the fact that we’re not where we want to be, but are ok with the fact that we’re in a transitional process.

As we do that, we can redirect our attention on the feelings of successfully arriving and being in the “Point B” as if it has already happened or is happening in that moment.

It’s the old adage of “Acting As If” or “Believing as so…” 

Once we do this and become better with consistency, our body and subconscious mind will present us with new events and situations that support our “Point B.”

PRO TIP TO KNOW: Our mind (Reticular Activating System, to be exact) searches our environment and outside world to reaffirm our thoughts, beliefs and feelings.  (So, be mindful of the thoughts we’re giving energy to. We can rule our world or sink our ship with this little “LIFE HACK” in our head.

 

Ok, check. Now bring it home for me Corey!

The final element to this is Gratitude transformation is in our success with the physical actions we do to reinforce our Point B scenario (or new habits of thinking).

So, getting clarity on all the things we’re grateful for is super important to do daily!

But be aware of this little caveat here: Just thinking and visualizing without physical actions to reinforce our thoughts (dreams and goals) will leave us at a standstill or slowly creeping towards out dream lives…

However, when we start to take consistent actions towards what we want, we’ll arrive there faster and more importantly… we’ll build the muscle memory of thinking clearly and taking actions on the right things!

 

So, what can I do now to feel like the Dalai Lama looks?

Take stock! Make a list of all the things you already have and have ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED.

Review that list daily. Put the list in your purse or wallet. Put it on your bathroom mirror. In your car (or monster truck).

Be grateful that you’ve managed to make progress in the past and keep your mind on the sunny side of life… even if it feels fake. Eventually, your actions will reaffirm all the right stuff inside of you and legitimize those lofty “Point B” places, accomplishments and feelings!

 

Hey… while we’re on the subject… READ MY BOOK ON GRATITUDE!

Yessir, it’s called The Gratitude Blueprint and I know you’ll love it. I got about 15 of my friends to contribute their best ways that they stay Grateful in their lives and you may enjoy reading their insites. Click this link to download it for free (or buy it from Amazon if you love that paper smell like I do)

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With that said… thank you for reading this post. If you’d like to become a contributing author to the next edition of The Gratitude Blueprint, click here for deetz!

December 11th, 2019 by