Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
– Lao Tzu
Once again, the holiday season is upon us. There will be gifts. There will be parties. There will be fun for all!
One of the mindsets that we strive to impart on our students at this time of year is gratitude. Along with all of the celebration and fun, it is important to look back on the bygone year and feel some true gratitude for all that we have experienced, learned, and been blessed with.
This year, Action Karate Plymouth wants to challenge our students to develop an Attitude of Gratitude!
Adopting a gratitude habit isn’t just something that sounds nice during the holiday season…it is a lifestyle and mindset choice that can drastically change your life, family, and business.
These are the top 3 ways your new Attitude of Gratitude will make a definite impact on your day, week, year, and life!
1. You Will: Shift Your Mindset
For something to change in your life, one of two things must happen: either your circumstances change, or you do.
Waiting for life to change is a poor, passive solution. Successful people do not wait for life to happen to them; THEY HAPPEN TO LIFE! A feeling of gratitude will switch your outlook from the passive, to the powerful.
Action Karate Plymouth has a simple way to begin adopting your Attitude of Gratitude: start by keeping a daily list of events that you are grateful for each night. We like to call this a gratitude journal.
If you focus on the abundance of opportunities that arose throughout your day, you will be constantly reminded that you are well taken care of and capable of succeeding with all of the help that surrounds you.
Welcome an Attitude of Gratitude, and suddenly you’ll find that everything is falling into place!
2. You Will: See Solutions Instead of Problems
If you adopt a gratitude practice, you’ll find that you no longer see problems. In fact, you’ll begin to see solutions instead! An Attitude of Gratitude removes you from “complaining mode” and switches you into a “best outcome mindset”.
Everyone has “triggers”. They are the little things that always seem to annoy us; the things that push us to complain.
Keep a mental checklist of your triggers. What triggers you to complain during the day? What always seems to annoy you? Observe your triggers for a few days and add them to your mental list as they arise.
At the end of the week, set aside 15 minutes and brainstorm solutions to handling your triggers and, ultimately, overcoming them.
3. You Will: Be Contagious
No one likes to be brought down. Whiners, complainers, and negative, “woe is me” types are unpleasant to be around!
People want to be uplifted, inspired, motivated. The attitude of gratitude will shift the way you process everything that happens to you.
Instead of focusing on the negative in every situation, focus on the positive take-aways, the lessons, and the tools that will make you better with each experience and day. When you’re grateful, you tend to exude and share that contagious positive energy. People will tend to be drawn to you.
We love helping our students along their path toward developing an Attitude of Gratitude. We can’t wait to see what successful paths it can take them down!