Have you ever had one of those days where you feel as if you haven’t done enough? I have. So has my husband. My husband is a tremendously hard worker- sometimes, an over-achiever. Despite his efforts and accomplishments, it seems as if he never gives himself credit for anything that he gains. In his mind, he can always do more, he can always do better, and in return: get better results. He is never satisfied. As his wife, I try to praise him, encourage him, and support him in every way possible. I try to help him see the positive side of every situation and to sometimes be a little bit easier on himself. For this reason, I strongly encouraged him to start to write on a Grateful Journal. We had done a Grateful Jar back in 2015 and I feel as if it did wonders; however, parenthood and our busy lifestyles got in the way. Therefore, we ended up leaving the idea behind. We were religiously writing something we were grateful for every single day for almost an entire year. We were supposed to go over each piece of paper at the end of the year, but that idea was also left behind.
Now, coming to almost the end of 2016, I think that going back to the principles of having a Gratitude “something” will help us BOTH see the highlights of our days and begin to appreciate more our day-to-day lives. I believe that being grateful and feeling blessed for having what we have is a powerful force that we send out to the Universe. I am sure that the law of attraction is not a joke and I think that when our minds tend to focus on the negative, then we attract negative things into our lives. This means negative situations, negative people, negative vibes, negative thoughts… negative everything! For that reason, I decided to make a conscious decision on leaving these negative tendencies and open space for BIG positive ones.
Note: I decided to make my own Grateful Journal with an old notebook I had laying around my house. I got a bag from Whole Foods and wrapped the notebook up with it to make it a little prettier. I added some pink bold letters with the word “THANKS”. It’s nothing fancy, I just didn’t want to spend money on another notebook.
This is why self-help books have always been my favorite; especially Dr. Wayne Dyer’s books. They have become very predominant in my life because they remind me of how important it is to shift our thoughts in order for our dreams to manifest. One of my favorite books from him is “You’ll See it When You Believe It”.
If you’re looking to change your life, here are a few tips and rules to live by:
- Do simple Gratitude exercises such as shifting your thought process. If you tend to have negative thoughts, try to transform them into positive ones.
- Read positive self-help books to keep you aligned and in tune with your thoughts and desires.
- Recite every morning when you wake up, 3 things that you’re grateful for. Say them out loud with a smile on your face and BELIEVE what you’re saying. I’m sure this will begin to transform your life into a better one in no time.
- Begin a Grateful Journal or a Grateful Jar. Appreciate what you have and never compare yourself with others. The grass always seems to be greener on the other side, but that doesn’t mean it’s actually greener. If you keep wishing, hoping, and expecting something else other than what you already have, you will always feel miserable and as if there’s something missing in your life.
- Try to see the positive in every situation. You will always run into situations in life that are out of your control. Therefore, how you react is YOUR choice. You can choose to be sad, angry, and frustrated or you can opt to see the positive in it, let go, and move on.
- Live in the moment. Focusing on what’s happening in front of you by paying attention to who you’re with and where you’re at. Experience happiness by forgetting about the past and the future.
- I suggest watching the documentary “The Shift” by Dr. Wayne Dyer and/or “The Secret”by Rhonda Byrne. They’re both on Netflix!
I hope this is a good start for you guys. If you’re already on this positive path, what are your favorite self-help/ motivational books? Leave your comments below. Thanks!