This 60-Second Morning Habit Can Transform the Rest of Your Day

Life as an entrepreneur is difficult, at times.

A few years ago, I found myself simultaneously going through a marital divorce, a business divorce, and major back surgery. The stakes and tensions were high, especially with three kids and 50 employees impacted by the outcomes.

The strain of keeping day-to-day operations running smoothly while juggling both weighty conflicts was not easy most of the time. And for the rest of the time, it was downright overwhelming.

After losing a lot of sleep, not having the energy to go to the gym, and gaining weight, I decided to do some research and find better techniques to more effectively manage the stress I was experiencing. I decided to reignite my meditation practice and reinforce my good routines for getting better sleep, both of which helped immensely.

However, there was one new thing I tried that made an even more remarkable difference and has had a lasting impact on my life.

Throughout my research, I stumbled on articles by Robert Emmons on gratitude. I learned that in times of deep hardship and despair, according to Emmons’s research, finding things to be thankful for helps buoy our emotional state and increases our resilience.

One of the key points Emmons makes is that you don’t need to feel grateful. He argues that you should find things in your life to be grateful for.

After a few conversations with some close friends, we made a Facebook group challenge to start our mornings by sharing five things we were grateful for each day. Our goal was to do this for 90 days and to not repeat any single gratitude during that time.

At this point, many of us have completed multiple 90-day gratitude challenges. We’ve invited friends and they’ve invited their friends. The group now has almost 2,000 people, with hundreds of postings every day.

As a result of getting into this habit, I’ve noticed several things that really impact my day-to-day frame of mind and general mood:

1. Specific gratitudes are more powerful than general ones

In the beginning, I was posting things like “sunshine” and “fresh air.” Because we couldn’t repeat, I started to get more specific: “Morning sunshine that casts a wonderful glow over the city in the morning” and “breathing in fresh air standing on my balcony as I drink my morning coffee.”

I realized that these ideas and images were much more tangible and memorable. They stuck with me longer throughout the day. And some of them I remember months and even years later.

2. Gratitude changes how you look at the world

After a few weeks of posting, I found that I was seeing the world differently. Knowing that I was going to have to post five gratitudes the next morning, I began to look for things to be grateful for during my day.

Even simple things became aha! moments for discovering new posts. As a result, daily events that would have otherwise been monotonous became moments of appreciation.

3. Gratitude changes how you look at yourself

It’s true that while looking out at the world searching for reasons to be thankful, you start to change your internal wiring.

You develop a muscle for learning from difficult situations and make change an opportunity to improve and rebuild because you are forcing yourself to see the good.

4. Gratitudes create amazing connections to other people

The Facebook group began with just a few people who all knew one another, and it grew from there. Seeing one another’s posts, and those of hundreds of other people, gave us new insight into our lives and our minds. It was enormously powerful to see the posts of other participants.

Starting a gratitude challenge is great when you find yourself needing a mental boost–and it’s just as powerful when you’re on top of the world. Your mind needs exercise and training to perform well, the same way muscles need to lift weights to get strong.

Gratitudes are the free weights for your mind, which, over time, will build fortitude and resilience.

Source: ~ By Bruce Eckfeldt Founder, Eckfeldt & Associates

Jim Rohn: Begin With Gratitude and Watch the Miracles Flow Your Way

Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.

Is thankfulness a survival skill? Maybe most of you would respond with, “No, thankfulness is not key to survival,” and I would tend to agree with you. Most of us have probably already solved the necessary problems of survival, gone beyond that and are now working to achieve our desires.

But let me give you this key phrase: “Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.” I believe one of the greatest and perhaps one of the simplest lessons in life we can learn is to be thankful for what we have already received and accomplished.

Both the years and the experiences have brought me here to where I stand today, but it is the thankfulness that opened the windows of opportunities, of blessings, of unique experiences to flow my way. My gratitude starts with my parents who raised me, gave me an incredible foundation that has lasted me all of these years and continues with the mentors that I’ve met along the way who absolutely changed and revolutionized my life, my income, my bank account, my future. I am also very thankful for the people, the associations, for the ideas, for the chance to work and labor, and to produce results. I’m grateful for it all.

Always start with thanksgiving; be thankful for what you already have and see the miracles that come from this one simple act.

Now thankfulness is just the beginning. Next, you’ve got to challenge yourself to produce. Produce more ideas than you need for yourself so you can share and give your ideas away. That is called fruitfulness and abundance—it means working on producing more than you need for yourself so you can begin blessing others, blessing your nation and blessing your enterprise. Once abundance starts to come, once someone becomes incredibly productive, it’s amazing what the numbers turn out to be.

But to begin this incredible process of blessing, it often starts with the act of thanksgiving and gratitude, being thankful for what you already have and for what you’ve already done. Begin the act of thanksgiving today and watch the miracles flow your way.

Source: ~ Author: Jim Rohn

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