Some of my favourite quotes are about this:
What we think we become.
We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are.
We are what we think.
Sure, it’s a simple premise that our thoughts make up our life. The way I make this thought a bit more tangible is by thinking of it as a stockpile of good thought. We can’t afford to let the balance between good thought and bad thought topple over. We all have bad thoughts, usually as we’re confronted with something we were not prepared for. But if the majority of our thoughts are about our strength to overcome – well, we will have the strength to overcome, simple as that.
Here are just a few things to help you build up a good supply of good thought momentum. They revolve around establishing an attitude of gratitude, or making gratitude a habit.
1. Make Gratitude a Ritual
Put aside time each day to bring into your conscious awareness what you are truly grateful for. Keep a list of what is right in your life and expand on why it makes you feel so entirely grateful.
3. Make Gratitude Art
Whether you make cards to give to people, plant something colourful to present to a friend or just dabble in the creativity of gratitude. The act of feeling and representing gratitude strengthens your reserves of gratitude.
4. Conduct a Gratitude Visit
There is nothing more healing and strengthening than collecting your thoughts and writing a letter to someone whom you are grateful for, then going to them and reading it out loud. Some therapists even use this in their practise and find it has lasting effects for all parties.
5. Gratitude First
As soon as you feel yourself slipping into ‘ungrateful’ mode, make yourself stop and find the things to be grateful for in your situation before you allow yourself to feel anything else.
6. The Happiness Scale
When I’m trying to get in touch with what makes me happy I use my happiness scale. We often tell ourselves we don’t like a certain thing. For example – for me to make exercise a habit I had to get over all of negative talk that happens before I actually start working out, and get through the deals with God I make within the first few minutes of working out, and measure how I actually feel once I’m into the workout – which on a scale of 1 to 10 is about a 10. I’m grateful that I’ve tamed the inner voices that often robbed me of the highs of feeling strong and capable.
When it comes to gratitude, good things come to those who think good things come.
Think good thoughts.
Make gratitude a ritual and watch it make your life soar to new heights.
Thank YOU, for gracing my life with your presence.