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Today I am Grateful for….(Come on, You Can Do it Too)

take for grantedI’m feeling stuck in an emotional rut this morning. Let’s see how a gratitude practice can help.

On a 1-10 scale, how good am I feeling right now? Answer: 3.

Let’s go: Today I am grateful for…

Being alive. This is my default answer. But it’s true.

A wife who loves me more than she bugs me. And who I love (hopefully more than I bug).

My Dyson fan. Shallow? Sure. But I LOVE this thing! It’s so cool and I’m one of those people who needs a breeze. My wife gave it to me as a Christmas present last year. I’d wanted one since they came out. What a woman!

A colleague with whom I have synergy. Together, we’ve consistently come up with intriguing ideas for 25 years.

Wine. There’s this great wine, Apothic Inferno. It’s finished in whiskey barrels, which adds a nice depth. Love that stuff.

I work from home! And have for better than 15 years. I’ve forgotten what it’s like to commute anywhere. I’m living that dream!

General safety and freedom to do as I please. So many others in the world don’t have it – or even running water.

Possibility. I’m reading a book by Steve Sims called Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen. Best possibility thinker I’ve come across in forever. Really blows out inbred limitations. How lucky are we to have access to a world of infinite ideas at the click of a mouse?

Let’s check in on that scale:

How am I feeling right now on a 1-10 scale? Answer: 7. And this has taken five minutes so far.

Something that’s going wrong in my life and how being grateful might help:

I’m not fit. Everything I’ve tried has failed to get me in shape. How am I lucky here? I don’t know. I don’t feel lucky. How is a chronic failure…luck?

I happen to be listening to Bluefishing right now. Steve Sims just said: People don’t want what they can afford. They want what they can’t get. Is there something in this that’s relevant to my fitness failures? Well, I haven’t been able to get it. It’s like a Holy Grail for me. I keep chasing it, then right when I’m on a path that’s working, I switch things up to try something new. This keeps me in perpetual pursuit of the Holy Grail, which I suppose gives me some sort of strange purpose. A purpose that necessitates failure to keep alive. 

Now what? Why not just be grateful for the health I have?

All my lab numbers are fine. No diseases. I have full use of my body. I like to exercise. I have challenges with food, but I’m one of the fortunate people in the world who has sufficient food on a daily basis – and a million food choices. Can I just focus on health gratitude and give up the quest for the Holy Grail?

I don’t know, but at this moment I feel slightly relieved. Thanks, Steve Sims. By the way, you look like one crazy dude.

Scale of 1-10. Answer: 8. Done!

Your turn. Practice gratitude. It’s the best 10 minutes you can spend on any given day. It really helps you avoid self-sabotage. It should be your #1 mental health priority. Check out more of my gratitude articles here.

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Today I am Grateful for….(Come on, You Can Do it Too)

Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.


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Bundrant, M. (2018). Today I am Grateful for….(Come on, You Can Do it Too). Psych Central. Retrieved on June 25, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/nlp/2018/06/today-i-am-grateful-for-come-on-you-can-do-it-too/

 

Last updated: 4 Jun 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 4 Jun 2018
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