The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
Gratitude is grounded solidly in the realities of life. Sometimes those are joyful and sometimes they are hard realities. Coming from a place of gratitude, you take the full measure of your gifts in each and every moment.
You know, right down to your toes, that everything is transitory. Everything, that is, except your commitment to greet whatever comes with gratitude.
“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.”
With a grateful heart, you make the best of what is.
You may think that gratitude is a no-brainer at this time of year … when far-flung families gather, gifts are given, and everything is bathed in the warm glow of holiday cheer.
But in reality, this can be a very complicated, and sometimes painful time of year. Family dynamics, loneliness, disappointment, and holiday stress all contribute to challenges that we make choices about from moment-to-moment.
Here are 3 timely tips to help you through. They are firmly grounded in reality AND the power of gratitude:
1. When confronting holiday challenges, take an inventory of your strengths, using gratitude.
Resentment and a victim-stance will always sap your incentive. That’s because they’d have you focus on what you don’t have.
But gratitude opens your heart. When you are grateful and focused on the positives around you, you respond to challenges with a much fuller awareness of the resources you can draw upon. This isn’t pie in the sky – this is being able to respond with agility and creativity, and make the most of what you have.
Over the coming busy days, when you feel overwhelmed, take a few moments to list what you are grateful for. You are replacing a scarcity mentality with an abundance reality. Your decisions around time will always be stronger when you anchor yourself with gratitude and a thorough assessment of your assets.
2. Create a gratitude scenario to work towards.
Whatever your current situation may be, envision a successful outcome to it – one that is entirely within your control. Maybe it’s a triumph over difficult odds – getting that meal on the table on time. Or maybe it’s dealing with a difficult family dynamic. Either way, it is your triumph.
Notice how your realistically-envisioned gratitude scenario can overcome those fear-based “what if?” fantasies that can so kindle anxiety and sleeplessness. Remind yourself that your capacity to make your best time choices springs from your very real strengths in the here-and-now, rather than from fears about some unknown future.
3. Choose your allies with gratitude.
Envision yourself joining the ranks of the people whose inspirational stories energize you. You can be as successful and inspiring as they are. How would you like to pass along the good news about how enormous the moment can be, when your heart is full and when you are doing your best? You can grow and expand your heart exponentially … giving thanks for what you have been given, and for what you can give to yourself and to others.
Try this: Consider the words of encouragement you would offer someone who looks to you for guidance. Give yourself this message, and write it down. Review it at the end of the day. And give thanks to yourself that you care enough about yourself to make the best of this moment, and all moments to come.
Now, ask yourself: How can you start strengthening your sense of gratitude today to enhance your effectiveness and start finding more time?
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Here’s to your time success – during this season and all year ’round!
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