It’s not happiness that brings us GRATITUDE.
It’s gratitude that brings us HAPPINESS.
It's been over two weeks since I even sat down to my computer to write a post! So today I am grateful to the time I have allotted to do just that and the young lady that is entertaining my youngest while I do so!
So how are you doing with your gratitude journal? When I last posted, I shared with you that I was not doing so well with keeping up with my personal goal of 5 a day. I did lay the journal back out and started to improve again...and then, well..... it's been several days now since I wrote in it.
So I thought I'd review a few pointers on how to make this a habit!!! I checked out a few web posts about forming new habits. One such place was this: http://jamesclear.com/habit-guide
The above posts suggests starting small. Okay....
So my goal is 5 a day. But maybe to get myself back on track, I should accept just 2 a day? It would certainly get me writing more than my current last week of zero.
The post also said to increase in small increments. Okay. Well, maybe I can start with 1 or 2; then after a few days, or when the mood strikes me, I can then try for 3, then 4, then 5!
The suggestion I find most helpful is the suggestion of breaking it down. I often try to get my 5 out in the morning along with my morning devotion/prayer time. I think that's my downfall. It's all I can do to focus on reading my bible or current book I'm reading about my faith, let alone think of 5 things (all at once )I'm grateful for while still sleepy and irritable because, well, it's MORNING. I'm probably picking the wrong time of day to do this and probably should not attempt to thinking of 5 things all at once unless it's an unusual instance in which they come to me easily at that moment.
The next suggestion given is when you get off track, get back on track QUICKLY! The author states, "top performers make mistakes, commit errors, and get off track just like everyone else. The difference is that they get back on track as quickly as possible." Okay....I'm stopping now to write one thing in my gratitude journal....be back in a second.....
There.... okay...so I've written one in for today. And I can pat myself on the back and know I'm doing okay. I'm up to #245. That's 245 things to read when I'm down in the dumps about things that are good in my life.
And the last pointer this blogger shared was to...
Stick to a Pace You Can Sustain
Ugh. Yes. Be patient. That's a hard one for me. I can easily be not very patient with others...but especially MYSELF!
So if you find you haven't started your gratitude journal, these are some good tips to form your new habit. And if you have faltered, like me, in keeping it up- these are some good tips to lift ourselves up and get back on track, sticking to a pace we can sustain and, in doing so, transform our minds and spirits!
WE CAN DO THIS! WHO IS WITH ME?
Further Reading on Building Habits:
https://open.buffer.com/building-habits/ ( I REALLY LIKE THIS ONE!!!)