There are so many things to pay attention to in the realm of personal growth and self-fulfillment that it’s sometimes hard to know exactly which strategies to use at the right times so that you always get good results in every area of your life. But what I’ve discovered over the years is that just one simple strategy used every single day taking just five minutes of my time helps me gain more positive and sustainable results than any other.
Curious? I hope so!
What are you thankful for?
Gratitude is the quality of being thankful for any person and any circumstance of your choosing. It is a powerful emotion that gives us the opportunity to choose what meaning we’re going to give our lives (however crazy they look) in every single moment.
On one hand, we can dwell on the fact that our lives aren’t working out like we think they should and complain about all the things we don’t have and how things aren’t quite how we pictured them. On the other, we can choose to feel differently about our circumstances by choosing to adopt an attitude of gratitude in the face of facts that defy our positive-minded outlook. Which will you choose?
Gratitude Gives Good Vibrations
Scientific studies have now proven that all matter is indeed energy at its most basic level. Because of this discovery we have now also understood that energy has frequency vibration and is attracting like energy of the same frequency. In essence, this is the “Law of Attraction” that movies like The Secret have been highlighting as the key to an abundant life.
Is it really true, though? Do we really see this attractive tendency in action everyday in our own lives? Think about it…
The last time you had a “bad” day, what was happening? Maybe you woke up late because of a failed alarm clock, you rushed through your shower and then had lots of trouble getting your wet hair to do what you wanted it to. Your declaration while you’re staring at yourself in the mirror goes something like, “Oh…it’s gonna be one of those days.” You went a bit too fast down the hallway to get a quick bite to eat before you headed out of the house for work or school and stubbed your toe on the kitchen chair as you were bustling around. Your pain subsided as you looked at the clock and realized that your alarm hadn’t just failed to wake you up but also failed to keep track of the true time and you were over twenty minutes later than you thought! By the time you get in the car to experience morning traffic your day is sunk because you’re now expecting the results of one of those days to happen. Sound familiar?
Because of your negative thoughts which gave way to your negative words, your whole being was vibrating with negative energy and then you proceeded to attract more negative things throughout the course of the day.
To zoom out a bit, have you ever heard the statement, “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer?” This true observation is based on this reality of our quantum tendency to continue to attract whatever energy (people, circumstances, situations) we’re vibrating with. Whether you think it fair or not, it is happening all around us and it’s the reason why so many people attract more of what they don’t want by simply focusing on the problems they have and not realizing that they are creating more of what they don’t want in the process.
The good news, is that we can choose how we would like to feel about the people and circumstances in our lives. The great news, is that the vibrational energy that gratitude produces is somewhere in the neighborhood of 800-1000 times more powerful than the energy that complaining and resistance generates. And that’s awesome news, friends, because that means that we can take control of our lives in just five focused minutes a day.
Your 5 Minutes of Fulfillment
So what would happen if you just took five minutes a day and practiced the art of being grateful? Do you think it would change your results? Do you think you’d find more fulfillment on a daily basis? Do you think you’d feel more in-control of your life and more confident in your ability to navigate whatever life throws at you?
In 2000, Martin Seligman, teacher and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, conducted a study with his students where he asked them to write down five things they felt grateful for, once-a-week, for ten weeks in a row. The results were amazing! His students reported feeling less stressed, more content, extremely optimistic, and more satisfied with their life. Imagine the possibilities if we made this weekly study a daily practice.
Now, if I could promise you that the results you could expect from practicing the attitude of gratitude were less stress, more contentment, increased optimism, and higher satisfaction, would you do it? Well, I can tell you with great confidence that you can experience this level of fulfillment on a daily basis just by getting grateful on purpose!
Every single day, before I get out of bed, I sit on the edge of my mattress, close my eyes, and focus on being thankful. I say a quick prayer of thankfulness to God for his faithfulness and for granting me another day to serve and contribute to the world around me and then I begin to focus my thoughts on my wife, family, and close friends.I allow myself to smile as I think about every single one of their faces and speak out loud the qualities and traits I’m most thankful for in each one of those people. Then I proceed to thinking about what I want to accomplish that day and focus on the outcome as I thank God out loud for the finished product. I close with a reminder to myself that love, joy, and peace are my goals by saying, “I choose love, joy, and peace in my life today.” And then I put my feet on the ground and get out of bed ready to tackle my day. The whole process usually takes me less than five minutes.
Does this sound like something you could commit yourself to? Giving yourself just five minutes a day with the promise of greater fulfillment and satisfaction in your life? I hope so!
There’s no other strategy that I can recommend you do that will change your life more than this one. Practicing the attitude of gratitude on a daily basis will help you feel more powerful and put you on the path of attracting what you want instead of continuing to create what you don’t.
Take 5 minutes and try this today. Then make a commitment to yourself and those around you to make this a daily practice. If you want to add another layer of transformation to the process get a journal and write down 3-5 things you’re thankful for every night before you lay your head down on the pillow. I guarantee your life will never be the same.
Question: Get grateful and your life will become more wonderful! What’s one thing you’re thankful for today? You can leave a comment by clicking here.