22 Jul Gratitude Log Trilogy: Create a Powerful Mind Shift Part I of III
In part one of this series the “Gratitude Log” we are going to be diving into what a gratitude log is and why and how it creates a powerful mindset shift.
Let’s first clarify, what’s gratitude log?
You may be familiar with this term or idea of a gratitude log. A gratitude log is simply a diary or journal of writing things down that you are grateful for in your life. By doing this your honing in your attention for a few moments on only the positive. Let’s be frank though life is crazy busy! Gratitude needs to be daily priority. (In a later blog post I’ll discuss how to practically make gratitude part of your daily routine!)
Why should you keep a gratitude log?
When you are writing in a gratitude log you are thinking in an abundance mindset. Often times we focus on the state of lack and this is a normal tendency that we all fall prey to. A gratitude log puts the spotlight on what you do have instead of what you do not have in your life. This method of thinking becomes a habit, a positive thinking habit. But, honestly everyone is tired of hearing about the whole “positive thinking” mumbo jumbo we want real results and action. Yet, all of us need to remember that every thought leads to action. So, the question remains how does a gratitude log change our thoughts?
The concept of physically writing things down we are thankful for creates an awareness of positivity. There is power in the written word. For example, one can write that he/she is thankful for their family. As you begin to ponder and mediate on this you begin to realize that most of the members of your family have a measure of health. The positive thoughts become a chain reaction of first being a simple note into a bounty full of blessings. This mindset shift of positive thinking transcends and permeates to other aspects in life.
One of my favorite examples of someone who is religious with their gratitude log/journal is Oprah Winfrey. For years she has been advocating and discussing the power of daily gratitude. She can even look back on journals from the 90s and see that simple joys in her everyday life that she treasures and that she looked for things throughout her day to be grateful for. Oprah is a great model to follow in her way of expressing gratitude. She brought so much good and positive thinking as a result of making gratitude a habit in her life that she started the OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). I saw Oprah’s Lifeclass on Tour and what she said enlightened me to even consider writing down daily gratitude in my journal and keeping a log of it. This legitimately has been as one of the greatest habits I have adopted. Oprah Winfrey says, “When you allow yourself to feel gratitude in the now I promise you that the spiritual dimension of your life begins to change, it opens up and expands and you just grow with it. That is truth.” This is mindset shift that a gratitude log can do for you.
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