It’s a difficult place to find oneself. The place where a goal takes root as an opportunity and quickly withers beneath the burden of daily effort. What not so long ago represented growth and change soon becomes stagnated by doubt or boredom or weariness.
Haven’t you been there? Hasn’t your heart leapt at the possibility of what could be, only to be sucked into the mucky soil of “It’s too hard” or “I can’t” or “What was I thinking?” Before you really had time to experience any lasting level of success.
So often our goal journey is dictated by our thoughts and emotions, and we are left disappointed and unable to stick to our plan. Our journey isn’t just about pressing onward and upward. It is very much about guarding our thoughts and emotions which when left unchecked, threaten to sabotage our progress.
One of the best ways to guard our thoughts and emotions when it comes to staying motivated is to choose a gratitude adjustment. Gratitude may sound easy, but it does not always come naturally. Like any muscle in our body, gratitude needs to be pushed and stretched and conditioned.
Choosing to exercise this muscle has huge benefits!
- Emotions of gratitude induce relaxation and decrease stress.
- Gratitude has been shown to reduce depression by up to 35% as long as the practice continues.
- Continual gratitude decreases blood pressure.
- Gratitude correlates with increased vitality and energy.
- A lifestyle of gratitude has been shown to increase time spent exercising by up to 19%.
- Those who cultivate gratitude have fewer physical symptoms, less pain and increased sleep quality.
All of these improve our ability to remain motivated in whatever goal we are trying to achieve. Choosing a gratitude adjustment doesn’t only motivate us. It spreads and overflows to those around us. And we witness the beauty and longevity of motivation as gratitude comes full circle, fueling our effort and rekindling our spirit.
A gratitude adjustment doesn’t have to be time-consuming, tedious or detailed. Whether through a journal, vocally listing our awareness or snapping pictures, the point is simply to actively make gratitude a daily part of life. Things change when we give time to awareness and gratitude.
Life is happier and our future endeavors are reachable when we embrace a gratitude adjustment.
Don’t believe me? Give it a try!
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