Want To Be More Productive and Successful? Be Grateful.
How to practice gratitude to become more productive and successful
This week is Thanksgiving in the US …
Which has gotten me thinking of one of the essential things in my life: gratitude.
However, I started to think about how being grateful has helped me become more productive and achieve my goals. As a result, achieve success in different areas of life.
Sometimes, I have had days that I tend to think negatively. Often I start thinking on a loop and only start focusing on the things that aren’t working in my life.
So, I spend time on that negative loop, when I can invest the time in doing things that move me closer to my goals.
Also, I get so deep on the loop that I often don’t see the solution to improve what needs improvement in my life. This often leads me to feel overwhelmed.
Can you relate?
This is where gratitude comes in. When I start focusing on being grateful, after some time, I start shifting my focus to what is working in my life. I start appreciating what I have.
Hence, I feel better, my mood improves, and I break out of that negative thinking loop. Now that I am out of the negative loop, I can focus on doing more productive things.
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Thus, I wanted to share how gratitude has helped my life. Also, how I have practiced gratitude consistently, so you can try them out as well if you desire.
Gratitude Can Open Opportunities And Solutions You Didn’t See Before
In my life, the first thing I noticed when I practiced gratitude is that it changed my focus from what I didn’t have to the things I do have.
Often I would be on a negative mindset, that is, focusing on the things that were not working in my life. I would get into a loop thinking of the worst positive scenarios.
Moreover, I would invest time and energy in worrying about things that could go wrong when working on projects.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey
However, when I started to practice gratitude consistently, I shifted my mindset on the resources I currently had. As a result, I started to focus on the things that were working for me and appreciate them.; I would feel better and be more productive during the day.
Furthermore, as I started to appreciate things more, I began to see opportunities I didn’t see before. Nonetheless, these opportunities were always present in my life; I just never saw them because I was focused on negativity.
How To Practice Gratitude In Your Life
The most important lesson I learned when practicing gratitude in my life is that to work; you need to practice it consistently.
Moreover, you need to make it part of your daily routine to see the wonders of gratitude in your life.
Here are some things I did, that you can do too:
- Separate time every day for practicing gratitude in your planner every day
- Set reminders to practice gratitude
- Start with 5 minutes of practicing gratitude
- Write down or say to yourself three things you are grateful for
- Feel the positive feelings when practicing gratitude
By deliberately taking the time to practice gratitude, I started to set the intention to implement it in my life. Thus, it became easier for me to remember to practice it every day.
Setting reminders has helped me greatly practice gratitude even during the days I am the busiest in my life.
Starting with just 5 minutes helped me get started applying gratitude in my life. As time went by, I began to increase the time I invested practicing gratitude. You can set the time interval that works best for you.
Also, you can set a timer on your phone or computer before you start writing or saying the things you are grateful for so you can keep track of time.
Expand On Why You Are Grateful
As you start identifying the things you are grateful for, expand on why you are thankful to have these things in your life.
For example: You are grateful for your family.
- Why are you grateful for having your family in your life?
Maybe, they are healthy, and you have someone to talk to when you need it. Other reasons can be that you have fun with them, you love them and vice versa. These are examples; you get the idea.
Now, perhaps the most critical aspect when practicing gratitude in my life is to feel the feelings when saying or writing the things you are grateful for.
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” — William Arthur Ward
A technique thas helped me feel the feelings of gratitude is to visualize a positive memory of what I am grateful for.
For instance, returning to the family example, you can visualize a wonderful time you had with your family.
Here’s somethings I have done that helped me when visualizing:
- Closing my eyes
- Visualizing and recreating every detail of the positive situation
- Breathing deeply
Try to imagine every detail and feel as you were there. This is the key step when I do this, I feel better, and it even changes my mood if I had a rough day.
As I kept focusing on feeling the positive feelings for the things I am grateful for, I started to appreciate the resources I had at the moment when working in a project, and innovative ideas came to me to solve problems in different areas in my life.
Also, when I was stuck in a negative loop, expanding on the reasons why I was grateful for something, it helped me move to a more positive loop and state.
Practicing gratitude daily in my life has helped me shift my focus to the things working in my life. As a result, I would feel better and see opportunities where I did not see them before.
On the other hand, when I don’t practice gratitude consistently, I don’t see the results compared to when I do practice gratitude.
To get the most of practicing gratitude in my life, I have to feel the feelings of gratitude. When I feel the positive emotions associated with gratitude, I feel better. Thus I get more done during the day.
I hope this helps!
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Disclaimer: I am not a mental health or counseling professional. These tips and advice are based on my experience and opinion as a student, tutor, teacher, and software developer. Everyone is different, so the advice shared in this article may or may not work for you.