Daily Consistent Actions
I received an email today from a subscriber asking how she can increase her level of gratitude really quickly. She recognized that she is too negative and would really like to ‘turn herself around 180 degrees completely!’ It sounded as if she became inspired by reading some of the blog posts and recently subscribed to the Quote of the Day. These posts made an impression on her and showed her that that there is a different way to approach life. She was ready to immerse herself – jump right in – and take it all on.
Perform small rituals on a daily basis, everyday, and you will find Gratitude where ever you look.
I thought about this… Is it possible to really jump into the pool of gratitude and ‘Be’ grateful? Can someone go from Zero to One Hundred on the gratitude scale? It might be possible. But I think it will be a lot easier to take daily consistent actions that make it easier to sustain a Gratitude Min
dset 24/7. Think of it as easing your way into things. By going in gradually you can enjoy the process while not being too disruptive. By doing things on a regular basis, they become ingrained into who you are. Before too long, you are seeing the Gratitude you want to see all around. In addition, by going gradually you will not get burned out. It will not be ‘a chore’ You can experience it in bite sized amounts.
He he he… I just thought of an analogy based on an old joke… “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at at time.” If you tried to eat the elephant all at once, you could not do it. If you tried to force a life of gratitude in a week, it would be difficult.
My suggestion – work at this slowly and consistently. Try to make it part of your routine. I have posted all sorts of suggestions on the blog. If you want me to provide a list, I certainly will do so. Just let me know. Leave a comment if you would like.
I completely agree with you. A gradual change is more effective, long lasting and persistent. A sudden change may give you immediate satisfaction but may not last for long. An effective change happens when it comes in habit which is possible if you keep doing something gradually and persistently. I’ve personally experienced the difference in my life.
Excellent point, Varun. I think there are some cases where a drastic change is required that CAN propel you in the direction you want to go. In some cases this is necessary. For example, here is a great book describing this: