It has been a while since I have posted anything! I have been very busy for the past couple of months since I have been a full-time internet entrepreneur. I am loving every minute of it.
I had to stop for a moment this morning, and share something with you guys. This message is THAT important! That I am choosing to stop working on my business for a few minutes to share this with you.
What you see there in the picture above is my gratitude journal. Those of you who have been following this blog for any length of time know how vital I feel that mindset is to success. VITAL!
It is a real challenge to work and practice and stay vigilant in keeping your mindset in an optimal state for your growth, success and happiness.
An experiment that I did recently, has tremendously helped me shift my mindset into a state of almost perpetual gratitude.
If you invest any of your time in personal development then you know the importance of having an attitude of gratitude.
Personally, for me as an entrepreneur I saw two options for attitude: either A) look at all of the setbacks and curve-balls as signs that I should give up, as evidence that I wasn’t cut out for a particular thing, or it just wasn’t meant to be for me – OR – B) look at all of the things that I take for granted, that I am already blessed with, and see EVERY little thing that I could find to be thankful for as a sign that those goals that I set my sights on were on their way.
I chose B. Stop bitching about all the things that didn’t turn out the way you thought they would. Stop looking at every setback as some sign that you will never get to the place you want to be in life. Stop using all of the above to keep you stagnant and not working to improve your current situation. (That was my pep talk to myself)
After a few failed attempts at trying to just ‘live in gratitude’, and not actually have a plan on how to do so, I decided to create triggers for gratitude so that I would get into the habit of being grateful.
I have added gratitude to my morning routine. Every morning when I wake up, I get out my gratitude journal and as I enjoy my morning coffee, I write down three things I am grateful for.
I have added gratitude to my nightly routine as well. As I lay down for bed, and set my alarm clock I grab my gratitude journal and write down three things that I am grateful for.
All the things that I write are different everyday. I don’t write out the same things. I look for 6 different things, every single day. There is SO MUCH to be thankful for, and SO MUCH that we take for granted every day. When you take the time to think about that – every day – to humble yourself to that fact that you have so much to be thankful for – it is attitude shifting.
You start to move away from the negative complaining mindset, who sees every little setback – to a positive, gracious mindset, who sees all of the blessings they currently have and who looks for clues in every corner that point to success being on it’s way.
Writing it out, and not just trying to ‘be grateful’ was key for me. It was a deliberate action that I was taking and it became a habit.
I have been doing this for one month, and I have to tell you – I think about things that I am grateful for all day. Not just in the morning and at night. The smallest things put a smile on my face and fill my heart. The smallest clues that my goals are on their way outweigh the potential disappointment of setbacks and roadblocks.
I’ve never had a better attitude, and I have never had such an optimistic outlook on my business, and my life in general.
Your mindset, attitude, perspective – whatever you want to call it – plays SUCH a big role in your goal achievement – not to mention your happiness – which, isn’t that the true goal to begin with?
I know this was a long post, but I had to share it with you.
Building a business is hard, and the process gives you plenty of negative material – failures and obstacles – to work with and it’s easy to get into a downward spiral with those thoughts and feel hopeless – like you’ll never live the life you want.
Only YOU can prevent or change that downward spiral and you have to be deliberate about it.
Trust me, working from a place of optimism is SO much better than expecting the worst.