A Month in a Lifetime of Gratitude.
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Practicing gratitude takes many forms and is used by the world’s highest performers for a reason. The idea that being thankful encourages positive thinking and replaces negative tendencies, where your mind is not able to accommodate for both opposing thoughts is explained by Tony Robins:
“When you’re grateful, we all know there’s no anger. It’s impossible to be angry and grateful simultaneously. “ *
So practicing gratitude clears up mental real estate and sets you up for a positive mindset and attitude. One of the reasons why I chose to share this post is because of I’ve experienced this effect first hand. Sometimes we only feel flickers of gratitude. In the day-to-day grind, we forget that 350 people die daily from starvation and that we are not in this group** or that we are likely in the world’s top income bracket. *** Other times it takes monumental life-changing events that force us to be grateful.
For the entrepreneurial souls reading this, there will always be dark moments — feelings of frustration, anger, depression, etc. don’t ignore these feelings but don’t dwell on them. Use the practice of gratitude to snap you out of these moments and to gravitate to more positive energy, conducive to higher performance.
The gratitude journal or thinking about three points per day didn’t work for me but exchanging gratitude with a friend once per day did. Each day we would message each other giving thanks for something in the day — it could be something as simple as a dog walk or as epic as a new product launch. The intention was to keep each other accountable to maintaining a practice of gratitude.
So in the spirit of sharing and inspiring others to explore a practice of gratitude, here is a peak of what I was grateful for in the first month of what hopefully will remain a lifelong practice:
I’m thankful for my team of rockstars at Conekta. They are all A-Players creating the next generation of digital payments and I’ll do anything for them.
I’m thankful for having grown up in a city that exposed me to cultures outside of my own and for being exposed to people of different ethnicities and backgrounds.
I’m thankful for having unrestricted access to information and having the opportunity to self educate myself on any topic.
I’m thankful for this meal.
I’m thankful for how technology keeps me close to friends.
I’m thankful for dancing and singing ridiculously like a rockstar when nobody is around.
I’m thankful for the warm weather in Mexico City.
I’m thankful for choosing how to nourish myself and being in control of my dietary choices.
I’m thankful for my pug dog.
I’m thankful for being able to have time for myself ( even though I don’t always take it ).
I’m thankful for being Canadian and Australian.
I’m thankful for having a roof over my head and not living constantly worried for my security as a good part of the world’s population does.
I’m thankful for my family and for my new baby nephew.
I’m thankful for swing dancing and for those musicians who keep the dying art of jazz and blues alive.
I’m thankful for coffee.
I’m thankful for a Costco card.
I’m thankful for our massive product launch of our latest new service.
I’m thankful for this journey of chasing inner peace, even though it’s a wild ride sometimes.
I’m thankful for my renewed appreciation for cleaning.
I’m thankful for mobility and for having full use of my body to move me around.
I’m thankful for not ever experiencing a natural disaster or crisis.
I’m thankful for the blackout in my apartment that forced me to light candles and read a book under the moonlight and stars.
I’m thankful for electricity and clean water.
I’m thankful for my friends for sharing experiences with me and making me a better person. . . .
For those curious about this practice, as you can see it’s not hard and it works. You don’t need to become a zen master o Buddhist monk. You can be grateful for the small details or moments in one’s day or for professional, groundbreaking milestones. There are no rules on what you give thanks for, the point is just to be grateful.
Stay grateful my friend,
*Tony Robins Interview, “Tools of the Titans” Tim Ferris
*** Check out the World Income Distribution data by Gapminder. The most impressive stat for me is that earning more than 65 k per year puts you in the worlds top 1%.
Originally published at https://www.linkedin.com on February 19, 2017.