[ThursdayClub] Yea – you should
Well, it’s FRI-YAY once again – so bringing you some words of wisdom!
I’m currently driveway surfing at my son’s house in Goshen, CT. This week they got hit by a bad storm that brought down trees, power lines – and even cell towers. No power and it doesn’t look like they will be getting it back for a while. I, of course, am self-contained in my little RV – so we are ok, but many are not.
Yes – we are talking Gratitude. I’m grateful for what I have. We often take things for granted like running water, electricity, food, and a roof over our heads until we don’t have it.
So what does this have to do with making new habits? In order to make a shift in your life – it all begins with mindset. When you are grateful for what you have and stop focusing on what you don’t have – the world just opens up.
Be resourceful versus waiting or searching for resources – that’s how you make it happen. Add gratitude to tackling things one small change at a time – and voila!
You may think I’m oversimplifying this – but I’m not. It is that simple.
Wake up daily and practice gratitude. Before you get out of bed – think of 5 things you are grateful for. If you read my Thursday email – I talked about journaling. Personally – when I write something down, it becomes more powerful. That’s why vision boards work – and yes, journaling!
Next, reinforce that gratitude with positive self-affirmations. When making a shift in your life and trying to break old habits to employ new ones, it’s vitally important that you believe you will accomplish it. If you don’t – you well…won’t.
Next up is commitment. I always tell people to take things one day at a time. If you “fail” – it’s just a learning process, start over. Give it another day. Beware of slippery patterns. If you are starting over every other day – you aren’t really committed! If you have one or two blips in your 30 day commitment – you’ll be ok. The secret is being honest with yourself.
Consistency is the gift. When you do something over and over again – it becomes your new normal. Your new habit. Consistency in the process is the gift to yourself. Things will get hard, there will be days you want to quit. When you persevere you will feel AMAZING!
Reward thyself! When you accomplish goals, and overcome something really hard and/or challenging give yourself a pat on the back and reward yourself!! If you are trying to lose 20 pounds – don’t go rewarding yourself with a damn cheeseburger and fries – but perhaps a new workout outfit! See where I’m headed here?
Remember it’s all about making Tiny Changes in your life in order to achieve Big Results!!
What have you decided to work on in August? Hit reply and let me know!
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