Gratitude is a trait that an entrepreneur must have in order to become better at what he does. But most of the time, we take the things we have for granted. Oftentimes we think little of what can be found right in front of us. This can result to us wanting more than what is needed, and even setting unnecessary goals that take up much of our precious time.
To avoid this, we must aim to be masters of gratitude. It means counting every blessing that you receive. Practicing gratitude brings happiness. It improves your physical and mental well-being and also boosts your self-confidence boosts as you feel better.
Here are the 5 ways to cultivate our mind and body to become masters of gratitude:
1. Keep a gratitude journal.
Make it a habit to list down at least three things you are thankful for. Do this when you wake up in the morning or before going to sleep. If you’re not a journaling type, you can download Bliss on your mobile phone. Here you can record your thoughts of gratitude, along with other lessons you’ve learned recently.
2. Avoid complaining like a plague.
Complaining is a demeaning habit that poisons our well-being. It sets our day to defeat even before we step out the door. Now, what can you do about it? Set daily reminders to avoid dishing out complaints and focus on the positive instead.
3. Do a Random “Pay-it-Forward” Act.
Commit on doing a favor to someone else, may it be a friend or a stranger. You will be surprised at how it can make you feel happier. You will be open to new friendship circles and grow old relationship stronger. Do not forget to do something for yourself as well every now and then.
4. Say a little prayer every day.
Spirituality is an aspect of our lives that also needs attention, just like our physical and mental state. Almost all major religions give value to gratitude, and becoming involved in a simple practices like prayer can make you feel like someone out there is looking out for you, keeping you safe and sound.
Reflecting strengthens your relationship with yourself. Achieve inner peace by spending quiet moments. This allows you to refocus on things that you have including the breeze and warmth of nature. Gratefulness promises a positive way of thinking.
As entrepreneurs, it is as important to gain balance as it is a success. Being thankful for the things you have achieved will keep you grounded, and will help you reorganize your goals and priorities.
Herlene Somook is a creative entrepreneur based in Manila, Philippines. A graduate of AB Psychology, she was a Kumon Reading teacher for five years before jumping ship to the Business Process Outsourcing industry. She has been a digital nomad and freelance writer for a little over two years, and enjoys reading bedtime stories to her bouncing toddler.
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