Simply put, gratitude is showing your appreciation for something. I can be grateful for the snow, the trees and flowers, and for friends. Even when I am struggling I can be grateful. Sounds weird, but it’s true. I have found that when I am thankful for my struggles, they seem to be easier to live through.
Often I’ve heard the phrases, count your blessings and be grateful. They would then go on to tell me to do so even when life is hard. Gratitude for the little things in life, while going through hard trials in life, seem to make them less daunting. Yes, they are still a pain to go through, but I tend to learn in those moments. When I shift my focus to the things that are going right in my life, the things going wrong don’t seem so bad.
Seem is the keyword. The trials facing me right now haven’t changed, not even in the slightest, but I have hope of things changing because I was able to the blessings in my life and be grateful for them. Showing gratitude to those around me for helping and just being there. Gratitude for the small comforts I do have, and for the things that are going wrong.
Goals are tricky things, we set them, and a few days or months down the road they become a thing of the past. How do we keep aiming for our goals? How do we keep the motivation to accomplish these goals?
I read somewhere that if their is a prize waiting at the end of the goal you would accomplish it. I laughed because usually the end result is the prize we want. Most set goals for weight loss and eating healthy. The reason we don’t accomplish this is because we didn’t set out smaller goals to accomplish along the way.
For example: My sister found a challenge to do. The steps were not sodas, drink more water, every time you went potty you do 10 squats, exercise for 30 min 3 days a week, and every morning do a 1 minute plank.
I knew what a plank was, I just never did one, nor did I have the upper arm strength. The rest I felt I could do. Instead of starting out doing a 1 minute plank, I did a 10 second plank. I was able to accomplish that plank, and it felt good. So I moved it up to 15 seconds. I was able to do that, so I kept moving it up. It took time, but by the end of the challenge I was able to hold a 1 minute plank.
I know that if I tried to do the one minute plank from the beginning, I wouldn’t have completed the challenge. I got results by setting smaller goals that I could accomplish. These smaller goals feed into the bigger goal. It gave me a starting point, a point in which I could see small improvements in my life. I was allowed to see the accomplishment of a goal, was able to feel that accomplishment. Which drove me to reach out and do a bigger goal.
That prize at the end only works if you can find smaller goals to step onto to reach your bigger goal. Dream big, but also dream small. The big dream is the prize, the smaller dreams a simply stepping stones to your bigger dream. Be grateful for the small accomplishments, so by the end you can be grateful for the journey.
What you are going to do to accomplish your goals, your dreams? Or better yet, what do you want out of life? Once you figure that out, figure out what things you need to do to accomplish them. I had a friend once tell me that she just focuses on doing one thing for her business a day, that all she hopes to accomplish. If she does more that great, if not then she at least did something. It didn’t matter what she did that day, as long as she did something to reach her goal at the end of her day.
Sometimes that is all you can do. This is where gratitude comes in. If you can be grateful for being able to accomplish one thing that helps get you to your goal, then tomorrow you might be able to do two things. We don’t have to be at our goals immediately, we just have to keep aiming for them.
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