Attitude of Gratitude In our day and age it is harder for people to stay optimistic. In our fast-track, heavy technology-laden world it can be difficult to feel successful if your staying still. If we are not reaching for the next job, the next promotion, the next anything- we feel like we are failing; losing a competition that doesn't even exist. Remember the only person you should try to be better than is the ‘you’ from yesterday. However, throughout this it is imperative to be grateful for what you have at this moment and not always focus on the unseen future. Being grateful for the past and present is a sure way to build and maintain a stable future. There are many ways to keep your gratitude tank full, but here are some that I think are essential.
1. Appreciate the little things.
the chaos of life will make you focus only on the big things that are going on-especially the bad things. So instead try to also think about the seemingly insignificant things: someone paid for your food, you got a close parking spot, your best friend called you out of the blue. It reminds you that with the bad there is still good.
2. Every obstacle in life should push you further not leave you stagnant.
When excelling in life there will always be obstacles, and with that causes conflict. Instead of avoiding the obstacle appreciate it for what it is; to help build your character for the next level.
3. Take time to reflect and build a memorial
It is not healthy to keep excelling and building to the point that you forget where you came from. Take time at least monthly to go over your past successes and be thankful for the things that went right. This can be the right fuel to help you over any slump.
4. Negativity never propelled anyone in life.
Perspective is everything. Being negative has never saved or helped anyone. This is not to say to invalidate your feelings if you're having a rough time. You need time to process negative feelings and being upset about something that just plain sucks is okay! However you cannot stay there, there is a time and place to mourn and then to get up and try again.
Cultivating gratitude is an ongoing process; it is something that is learned everyday. So this week try to actively practice gratefulness and see how it can change everything!