“Everyday, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” – Dalai Lama
Are you a value-adder or value-extractor? Do you find yourself simply going through the motions everyday? Are your kids annoying you? In conversations with friends and family, do you find yourself constantly sharing daily news from TV and social media?
...Or are you making a positive impact on the lives you touch?
It’s amazing how certain simple things can add so much perspective to our lives and create positive change all around.
Last year, I had hit a slump. I lost some motivation in my work and my workouts--two things that I love to do. I found myself in a constant state of negativity and complaining. In retrospect, it was a time for reflection and re-organizing. It was a time for me to dig deep and think of what my mission in life was and if I was in the right path towards it.
I set out to accomplish a goal of reading 50 self improvement books in one year. Since I am a VERY slow reader, I used every minute of spare time I could find to read (and gave up a lot of TV watching...which was probably a good thing). At the end of the year, I was able to finish the challenge and it totally changed my life.
One of the practices that was reinforced by reading many of those books was the common theme that many successful people do on a daily basis-- they carry an attitude of gratitude. Daily.
Initially I brushed it off as a “no big deal” and “silly” kind of practice that I didn’t really need to do. I would tell myself “ofcourse I’m grateful”, although in reality I wasn’t practicing that on a daily basis. I wasn’t actually taking the time to think about things that I was grateful for. I finally decided to do it for a week and eventually implemented into my daily morning power hour.
The attitude of gratitude has helped me become a more positive person. It has helped me become happier, more at peace with myself. It has helped me appreciate important people in my life and helped me be a better husband. I’ve become a better trainer. It has helped me put things in perspective more often. It also rebooted my outlook for my mission in life.
Things aren’t perfect, I have my flaws and days in which the negative outweighs the positive. But for me, perfection is not the goal. Progression towards the best version of myself is what I’m striving for.
Now, you may not get the same results I got, but I guarantee that adapting to a life of constant gratitude will absolutely change your life for the better. First, let me give you some perspective:
Let those facts sink in.
When you're ready, here are some ways you can start implementing an attitude of gratitude in your life.
This is from my experience as well as others I’ve talked too regarding attitude. Figure out which ones resonate with you and adapt them into your life.
Try to adapt the life of gratitude and put things in perspective more often. Soon enough you’ll see a major positive shift in your life. Not only will it benefit you, but you’ll soon be a value adder to other people’s lives….and there is no better feeling than that!
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