Look around. What do you see?
Do you see “the good?” Or do you see “the bad?” It’s easy to get locked into seeing the bad in life. But changing your lens from seeing “the bad” to seeing “the good” may be exactly what you need.
Answer this question: what would happen if you committed just one day to entirely seeing the good in your life? You know, living with gratitude.
This means that you’ll need to turn off your negativity switch. Completely. For one day, you will not allow yourself to grumble about politics. You will deny all of your tendencies to complain about certain co-workers, or the marketing department, or that one family member. Yes, for that entire day, you will commit to seeing the brighter side of others and your situation.
Your energy will be 100 percent applied towards distinguishing the positive. You will recognize your strengths, not your weaknesses. You will see opportunities, instead of threats. You will identify the possible, not the impossible.
In fact, on this chosen day, rain or shine, sound sleep or not, you will wake up and proclaim, “Today, I will acknowledge only the good that’s around me. Today, on this one day, I will live completely with gratitude.” In fact, you will set your smart-phone alarm to alert you every hour, on the hour, to remind yourself that today is your gratitude day. No exceptions.
The basic principal of applying resources – all resources (including mental energy) – to the positive side of things, unleashes potential. Positivity carries us farther. We gain more by leveraging positivity. Conversely, applying our already limited resources to negativity, or weakness, reduces our innate power and potential.
Expressing positivity, even if we don’t feel like it, moves us forward. With commitment, it can overwhelm deficiency, like regularly applying lawn fertilizer to crowd out weeds, instead of continuously applying weed killer, which limits both weeds and grass.
Choose a date next week to live your one-day gratitude experiment. Mark your calendar now, and share your results with us.