What a year it has been!
Is it just me, or has this year been jam packed with challenges? I know I’ve said this before but I have to say it again because this year has been crazy. It’s felt like there has been one problem after another and so much to deal with. Has it been the same for you?
Well, if it has, then you’ll probably appreciate hearing something I reminded myself of the other day. It’s a simple reminder, but a really important one …
Remember How Far You’ve Come
When you’ve been pushing forward for a long time, it’s important to have “reality checks” with yourself. You’ve got to take time to remember how far you’ve come because the Chief Negativity Officer in our mind is notorious for overlooking progress.
It will try to keep you focused on what hasn’t happened or what hasn’t fallen into place yet. Before you know it, you’re caught in the loop, worrying, and asking yourself the same questions over and over again…
“When are things going to work out?”
“Why does it have to be so hard?”
“How am I going to get through all of this?”
Remind Yourself Of The Truth: You’ve Already Come So Far
Do you remember when you first started down this road? Think about all the things you didn’t know then that you know now. You’ve learned so much about yourself and how strong you really are. You’ve pushed through some really hard times. Think about how many steps forward you’ve already taken.
Even though there are still more steps to take … You’re doing it. You’re making it through step by step and managing through it all. It really is a matter of time before even more things smooth out and fall into place.
So, Don’t Let Your Mind Get In The Way
We have to be very intentional when it comes to the thoughts we are focusing on. You can’t let the wrong thoughts choose you. Instead, you’ve got to choose the right things to focus on and the right feelings to rest in.
And, it’s not just about thinking positively. Of course, that’s important and something we already know we’ve got to do. But, you also want to intentionally flood your mind with the right, mood lifting, and good energy thoughts for several minutes every single day.
It’s Time For the 10 “Thank You(s)” A Day Challenge
We hear about the benefits of having feelings of gratitude all the time. I actually came across this helpful research by Harvard Health Publications. It explained that feelings of gratitude specifically help you feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve your health, and deal with adversity.
Since a lot of us have had challenging times and a lot of things to deal with, it’s even more important for us to have the ideal daily practices that allow us to feel as good as possible and take continual steps forward. It’s like that great quote by Paulo Coelho reminds us,
“If you only walk on sunny days, you’ll never reach your destination.”
So, that’s why I’ve really been focusing on flooding my mind every single day with gratitude by having at least 10 “Thank You” thoughts. As I move through the day, I notice the things and people around me that I appreciate. I then take a deep breath (so I can really feel it and not just think it) and say “Thank You”. I make sure to do this at least 10 times throughout the day. It’s really helped me continually feel at my best, remember everything in my life that’s already working, and stay inspired to keep taking steps forward.
I’d love it if you would join me in this challenge for the next 30 days. I got my husband and kids to take the challenge with me. Ask your family and friends to join in too. We can all do it together. We’ll keep our gratitude flowing, remember what’s truly important, relish in positive emotions, and be inspired to take the best steps forward so more and more things can fall into place.
How It Works: 10 Thank You(s) A Day Challenge
Step #1. As you move through the day, ask yourself questions and think about your answers, “Who do I appreciate having in my life today?” “What am I fortunate to already have in my life?” “What do I love about today?”
Step #2. Really feel the positive emotions that flow from your answer. Take one deep breath and then say “Thank You”.
Do This 10 Times throughout the day. (If you haven’t gotten up to 10 and it’s time to go sleep, you can do your remaining ones in bed. Just make sure you get up to 10 Thank You(s) every day). Let me know how it goes.
Live Today Better Than Yesterday.