I really am a firm believer in mindset and how it can change your entire outlook on something. I have days where I’m frustrated or sad or upset about certain aspects in my journey as a mom, an entrepreneur, or just as a person. We all do. But I find that focusing on gratitude is a way to rework my viewpoint into something more positive. I think you’re allowed to have hard days where it’s too difficult to focus on what’s good, just as long as you work to get yourself out of that space so you don’t spend too much time there. Get yourself out of that space by using the power of gratitude!
A Shift in Thinking
When my kids are being monsters (like all of them are sometimes), it’s easy to feel frustrated by their behavior. Often, all I feel is frustrated when they are in that mood. But sometimes I think about how grateful I am that I am raising them to feel confident and tenacious, even if it bites me in the butt sometimes! When I’m frustrated about my body or my workouts, I try to focus on being grateful for the amazing things my body is capable of and how much progress I’ve made. Progress is made by getting better, so I focus on the fact that I’m in the middle of my journey all the time, and how thankful I am about the parts I’ve overcome.
It’s that shift in thinking that makes all the difference. Instead of thinking about how much you wish your kids weren’t being jerks, or how you wish your body looked like it used to, think about how thankful you are that your child is independent and strong. Think about how grateful you are that your body is still capable of so much and has the ability to become stronger.
Using Gratitude as a Tool
We are often our own worst enemy in terms of our happiness. Negativity is powerful, and it’s hard not to get sucked into that world when things are hard. However, you can use gratitude as a tool to help you find a more positive place. Some people use a gratitude journal, others are verbal with their gratitude, and some keep their thankful thoughts in their head. Either way, work to be thankful for something every single day. Write it on your mirror in lipstick, put a post-it on your wall, write it in your phone, or just say it to yourself. Even if it’s something small, find that gratitude every day.
Progress is made by getting better, so I focus on the fact that I’m in the middle of my journey all the time, and how thankful I am about the parts I’ve overcome.
You might be thankful that the day is over, or that you got to drink a hot cup of coffee, or that your roses are beginning to bloom. Maybe you’re thankful that you had a good hair day, or that your favorite pair of leggings are clean, or that you got to watch your favorite show that day. It doesn’t have to be big or profound, but focusing on gratitude can be a game changer for your mindset.
We all have hard days, or days where we don’t want to think about anything positive or to force ourselves to be thankful. I have those days all the time! That’s normal, but don’t spend too much time in that place. Gratitude is powerful, and it can do wonders for your mindset.
What are you grateful for today?