Do you keep a gratitude journal? Do you love them or not see the point at all?
I definitely fall into the former category, so today I thought I’d share why I find writing in a business gratitude journal helpful for my business and my own well being.
Writing a list (yes I’m a list person in case you hadn’t gathered) in a dedicated notebook, of all the things I’m grateful for in business helps me:
Remain positive and motivated
Stay in the present moment instead of stressing about the past or future
Manifest more things I’m grateful for in business
Appreciate my journey
Being grateful stops the ‘grass is greener’ mentality.
For me, when I regularly note down all the things that I’m proud of achieving in business (and personally) I find I’m more content with my lot.
I stop gazing over at someone else’s patch thinking, I wish my business was as successful as hers, I wish my social media engagement was as great as Problogger, I wish I made more money.
Being grateful helps me stay in the present moment.
Often I get caught up worrying about the future, or worrying that I haven’t put enough effort in to attract more of my ideal business clients.
When I stop and write down all the things I have done and I am grateful for, I start to realise that conscious business success is a journey. And as long as I’m putting one foot in front of the other heading in the right direction, good things will come.
Physically writing achievements down, and ‘pausing for applause’ helps me realise just how much I achieve on a regular basis.
Like attracts like.
I find that when I’m in a regular habit of writing down all the things I am grateful for manifesting in business so far, more amazing opportunities present themselves.
Whether you believe in the law of attraction or not, this is an extremely powerful result that I experience whenever I stop to be thankful for what I have. Staying positive, rather than focusing on what I don’t have, attracts more positive experiences in my business journey.
Written notes give me a fantastic appreciation of my business journey.
Any time I’m feeling a little lost, lacking motivation, or keen to get in touch with my inner purpose again I often flick back through the numerous notebooks I’ve scribbled in over the years.
Tips I’ve learned from professional development workshops, great ideas from inspirational books that I’ve scribbled down, and my own observations about businesses I’ve come to love and respect all re-engage my passion for what I do in business.
Just like regular exercise helps keep my physical health in check, I find keeping a gratitude journal for business (and personal) helps keep my mental and emotional well being in check.
Similar to physical activity the benefits are cumulative. The more I do it, the better I feel. When I stop writing in my gratitude journals, I find that I don’t really notice any real change to my well being… until a few weeks later. Then all of a sudden I hit a wall, or I’m stuck in a funk and I wonder, how did I get here?
Out comes my gratitude journals and I spew everything out of my mind and onto paper. Almost immediately the weight on my shoulders seems to lighten slightly. But it takes discipline, because the real benefits are when I practise being grateful on a regular basis.
How about you? Do you have a gratitude journal? If so, why do you have one?