I'm diving into three kick-ass gratitude rules for my POWER OF HAPPY series and here's the first one:
When 98% of your life sucks focus on the remaining 2% and create ways to be grateful.
I created this rule in 2011 when it really did feel like 98% of my life sucked.
I was going through a divorce, not making money yet in my business, worried about my kids and how I was going to support them and where we were going to live and my dear Grandma was dying. These were just a few ‘highlights’.
Not exactly a lot to be grateful for.
I really felt awful, pitiful, and afraid back then and I reached the anxiety point where I wasn’t sleeping because I was always so worried. That’s when I decided to take my power back over my life and figure out another way.
I started reading about what I could do and that’s when I discovered the magical powers of gratitude.
Everything I read said I would be a changed person after practicing gratitude for 30 days and as an experimenter of life I decided to take the challenge.
I started a gratitude/success file but because I wasn’t used to being grateful (and it felt like nothing at the time qualified) I was dumbfounded at the start about what to add.
And then it hit me!
I could create what I wanted to be grateful for! So what if nothing was going right, I could create something to put in my file. Brilliant!
So I decided to write one thank you note a day for 30 days to anyone I felt like. That was something I had the power to proactively do and it worked!
When I look back and compare my first entry to my 30th it's amazing to see the positive shift in my outlook, attitude, confidence, motivation and happiness! My entries when from a couple short bullet points (one being my thank you note) to numerous paragraphs, exclamation points, and smiley faces :)
Guess what your challenge is today?
Start a success/gratitude file and stick with it for the next 30 days and then sit back and reap the energy, productivity, happiness, and motivation rewards!