Recently on Facebook, I was nominated for five days of gratitude. The funny thing is every day when I wake up I always go through my list of what I'm grateful for and during my reflection time at the end of the night I do the same thing. This challenge made me realize that others probably don't do this in their lives. That could be why we're surrounded by so much negativity every day. I never realized how a simple change and positive reflection could add so much happiness to my life.
I'm known as the most negative-positive person to some people. I know how to walk the walk and talk the talk, but when it comes down to it, I'm always trying to protect myself from the worst possible outcome. I guess you can say that's not the way to live your life but I think of it as preparation, and by preparing myself for the worst I'm usually always pleasantly surprised and not taken advantage of. I could name off dozens of self-help books I've read and numerous personal coaching sessions I've done with my life coach but still I always prepare for the worst.
I was once told in business school that I would make the perfect CEO because I was extremely red-red in personality type and type A which allows me to separate my business and personal lives. Let's just say that's not the best combination or opening myself up to friendships and allowing others to get to know me, but it has given me the power to make tough decisions and become the person I am today. I don't let others stand in my way and yes I do say things at inappropriate times but hey what's life without a little surprise in it.
Back to the daily gratitude. If you aren't already practicing daily gratitude, you should start now. When we appreciate the good in our lives, we draw more of that to it. Surround yourself with positive influential people, after all, we are the sum of the five people we spend the most time with. Start a daily journal; I know this made a difference in my attitude and changed my life for the better. Simple changes that's what it is all about. Decide to make a difference in your life and have gratitude for it.
Do you make a daily gratitude list?