I was never the ‘woo woo’ type and I thought you had to be ‘woo woo’ to celebrate anything ‘me’ related. When I got into coaching I was a huge celebrator for my clients, high fiving them any chance there was. I would tell them that they needed to high five themselves when they accomplished a success, big or small. But when it came to hooting and hollering personally, well, as hypocritical as it sounds, I was the least likely to hoot and holler for my own success.
A few months ago I celebrated my 3rd anniversary in my business. I let the time go by without acknowledging this myself, let alone those that helped me get there. I was telling my coach Paige that I was feeling ‘stuck’. You know that feeling when you don’t feel you accomplished much and aren’t moving forward fast enough, like you hit a snag in life.
She asked me what I do to show gratitude. I wasn’t sure what she meant so she started to explain that the universe hears what you are saying and what you aren’t saying. Being so not ‘woo woo’, I was skeptical. Anyway I tried it. I took a few deep breaths and wrote out and talked out all the great things I have accomplished and all the wonderful things I have in my life. I did this for 3 days and I couldn’t believe what happened next.
I started to attract really positive things, both in my head and in my world. I felt so much lighter in the brain and happier. I started to talk differently and people started to respond differently. The way you think changes the way you feel, which changes the way you act. This changes the way people act toward you.
We have all heard of the gratitude journal. I was never much of a believer in this until I tried it. Wow, the power of expressing out loud, all the great things you do and have in your life is so cool and so worth it.
I have heard many people say that they start their gratitude journal with vigour then it starts to peeter out because they forget, they don’t have time, they put it off. It just becomes another thing to do on your massive to do list.
I went to a Tony Robbins seminar a few months ago and he taught us how to change your state of mind in a heartbeat. You can literally change your mood, your attitude, the path of your day with a snap of your fingers. It really works. I do this every day and what a difference it has made in my life and my business.
Here are 7 easy ways to get the gratitude out of your head and out into the world so you can change your state of mind:
1. When you wake up, before you get out of bed say; “Today is going to be a great day!”
2. Make a point of smiling at someone, anyone, so you can brighten up their day.
3. Give your loved one a really big squeeze, not just a hug.
4. When you get into an argument with your kids or spouse, hug it out.
5. At dinner time ask your kids these 2 questions: “What was your high today? What was your low today?” (you will get a conversation not a grunt)
6. When you say good night to your kids, tell them what you are grateful for.
7. As you are brushing your teeth at bedtime say: “Hey you, I done good today. Yeah, I had a few funky moments but that’s ok, I’m not perfect, just perfect the way I am.”
So start thanking and giving back to yourself each and every day. Get out of your head, turn up the volume and live out loud.