It’s common during this time of year to hear talk of gratitude and why it’s so important. Adopting a gratitude practice isn’t just something that sounds nice during the holiday season, it’s a lifestyle and mindset choice that will drastically change your life and your business.
Here are three important reasons why you need to commit to an attitude of gratitude.
1. Gratitude shifts your mindset.
For something to change in your life, one of two things must happen: your life changes, or you do. Waiting for life to change is a passive solution. When you focus your energy on the problem, you miss out on all the opportunities for solutions that are knocking on your door every day, simply because you may not hear or see them.
Open your eyes to a practice in gratitude and all of a sudden things start to fall into place for you and for your business. Being an entrepreneur means being proactive, not passive, so simply switch your mindset and see life change.
How? Start by keeping a daily list of things that you are grateful for each night. Some call it a gratitude journal. But focusing on who came to your aid that day, what opportunities arose and how the day planted fruitful seeds for a better tomorrow will prove to you day after day that you are well taken care of and capable of succeeding with all the blessings that surround you.
2. Gratitude creates solutions.
Adopting a gratitude practice takes you out of the problem and toward a solution. It removes you from complaining mode and into a best-outcomes mindset. That’s a skill you need in your life and in your business decision-making. Entire companies and industries have been created from seeing solutions where others only saw obstacles. What will your contribution be?
How? Simply start by keeping a mental checklist of your triggers. We all have our things that set us off into complaining or annoyance. What are your complaint triggers during the day? Just observe them for a few days and keep a list as they pop up. Then try to set some time at the end of the week, 15 minutes should be enough, to look at those triggers and brainstorm solutions.
This can be part of your integrated gratitude practice. If you can see opportunity in the challenges you face, you will probably inspire many other people as well. Gratitude has a ripple effect that will impact the people around you.
3. Gratitude is contagious.
When you’re grateful you tend to exude and share that contagious positive energy. People enjoy that and will tend to be drawn to you. Our energy is contagious. We can do good things together and are better for having come together. Now that’s pretty much the only contagious thing happening in the world that we can get excited about.
How? Watch your words. What you say is usually how you act, so be aware of when you are complaining and replace whines with positive words. Start with you, and watch as the world changes around you.
It takes about 21 days to make (or break) a habit. Challenge yourself and the people around you to commit to a daily practice of gratitude. Make a daily list of 3 to 5 things you are grateful for and WHY you are grateful for them. Then actually, BE the change you wish to see in the world!
Shelly Aristizabal is the author of This Is Your Year to Design & Live the Life of Your Dreams, a leader in the Community Commerce Industry, Motivational Speaker and New President of Business Women Connect. Visit www.businesswomenconnect.com for details on our upcoming events in the Indianapolis area!