Do you ever feel like you don’t know where to start on something you wish strongly to do or achieve?
Does not knowing how or where to start often find you not starting? Not starting the project, the diet, the self-improvement, the not putting yourself out there to connect, the exercise program, the not going to church, or taking that class, all because it’s not totally, completely, clear how to start…. or even to continue.
When I am coaching people on how to improve their health and they don’t know where to begin, I tell them to start with the simplest of things. START WITH ONE thing: drink a glass of water; take a 10 minute walk; send that email; check into the class schedule; sit quiet for one minute. This allows for their intention to link into the purpose ahead and the way forward.
I love the quote, “Where focus goes, energy flows.” The simple act of just DOING something creates energy in that direction. I help you identify the life and health that you want to create, and then together we build a plan, STARTING WITH ONE thing, to get you moving in that direction. With desire and a plan, you become!
Ask yourself: What can you do today that will move you in the direction of your hopes, goals, or purpose?
“Everywhere in the world, joy is the true expression of gratefulness.“
Brother David Steindl-Rast
In this book, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer, Brother David states, “We cannot be mindful without being grateful. As I express my gratitude, I become more deeply aware of it. And the greater my awareness, the greater my need to express it.”
Science says that when you bring your attention to the things you are grateful for in your life, your brain works better. Research has found that people who practice gratitude on a regular basis are healthier, have a greater sense of well-being, an increased ability to navigate difficult circumstances, and experience stronger relationships. Jen Sincero titled her chapter on gratitude in her book, You Are a Badass, “Gratitude: The Gateway Drug to Awesomeness”. I love that title! It is a gateway drug to life awesomeness!
So what does gratitude look like and how can we get better at it? Gratitude is a state of being – a way of looking at your life and finding things to be grateful for. It looks like making a conscious decision to feel satisfied with what you have instead of focusing or longing on what you do not have. Practicing gratitude is just that – a practice. It is something you get better at the more you practice. A gratitude practice has you looking at your world through a lens of thanksgiving and seeing that each moment of our day presents you with an opportunity to be appreciative for something. Finding even the smallest of things to be grateful for in challenging times keeps glimmers of hope and spirit connection open. And if you are practiced at finding and expressing gratitude, you may even find the challenge itself something to be grateful for – as an opportunity to grow, feel, mourn, gather, and heal.
There are many ways to practice gratitude:
However you practice gratitude, bring it into your everyday. Soon, it will be a more automatic thought and you will find gratitude filling you up and leading to a more joyful life!
With a heart gratitude ~