Spoiler alert: Scrolling through social media, super busy schedules, lack of sleep, binge-watching your favorite Netflix show, and unhealthy eating habits are not part of finding everyday gratitude!
I find that I typically get two types of responses when I say that. It either hits a little too close to home or it’s a breath of fresh air. But take heart—because both are normal. So let’s talk about it.
Have you ever woken up one morning and decided to jump in the car for a spontaneous, impromptu road trip? It wasn’t planned. Maybe you’re even unsure of where exactly you’re going. Just you and the open road. Right here… right now.
I call this living in the moment. As you’re driving down the freeway—you’re not worrying about tomorrow or next week’s hectic schedule. You’re not stressing over something that happened the day before. In that moment, you’re calm. You’re actively practicing self-awareness as you process your thoughts and emotions. And in these moments, you gain clarity. You gain perspective.
The same goes for experiencing gratitude, my friend.
If you’ve ever had an impromptu day like this—you are capable of cultivating gratitude in your everyday life.
And if the busyness of this time of year leaves you reaching for even five extra minutes of space—keep reading. I’ll coach you through it.
To truly be present and reflect on where you are, be intentional to slow down—mentally and physically. Create a time and space to give yourself room to see what’s happening right in front of you.
It only takes 5-10 minutes per day. During this time, ask yourself what you’re grateful for at this exact moment. And don’t overthink it. The details don’t have to be elaborate. Maybe it’s that you’re here and breathing… a good night’s sleep… a sunny day… a warm home.
Small details that have a positive impact on your day-to-day often get overlooked or taken for granted. What do I mean by that?
All green lights on your way to work. A smile from a fellow employee as you pass in the hallway. A quick breeze that makes you realize it’s a beautiful day.
Be intentional to take note of the small things throughout your day. Anything that brings peace, joy, or even a smile—soak it in. Pause for a few seconds to truly feel and appreciate that moment.
Set yourself up for a lasting positive mindset.
Set yourself up for increased joy in your life.
Because those are two things no one can take away from you.
Take some time to reflect:
Think of when you can incorporate 10 minutes to be alone before you begin your day. Pause for a few moments and think about what you’re grateful for in that exact moment.
Think about a current challenge you’re working through. How can you shift your perspective to help you navigate through this challenge with greater confidence?
- How is this strengthening your resilience?
- How is this providing you with an opportunity for personal growth?
- How is this challenge fueling your commitment to your goals?
MONTHLY CHALLENGE: A JAR FULL OF THANKS: 30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE
Are you up for a challenge?
It’s time for a 30-day mindset transformation!
Here’s how it works:
- Write down at least one thing each day that you’re thankful for on a small piece of paper. Hint: this can be the same thing you write down at the end of each day. Or—it can be something different!
- Put this piece of paper in a jar.
- At the end of 30 days, read through all of your notes and reflect on all that you appreciate in your life.
- As you read through them, share with someone how they make you feel. Share it with me!
My friend—practicing gratitude is like any other habit you add to your daily routine. It doesn’t come naturally. It’s a habit you create and, over time, it becomes natural. And the more you practice and share gratitude with others, you’ll simultaneously improve and deepen your relationships—both personally and professionally.
As you start practicing this regularly, don’t step into it alone. I’m here to coach you through how to get started.
Because at the end of this 30-day challenge—I want to hear what’s in your jar!