Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Beautiful Balance: Goals & Gratitude

When you're on the hunt for fitness, weight loss, hair length, nice skin, etc, etc, it's easy to constantly focus on the things that you want to change. In fact, goal setting requires you to take an honest look at what needs to change. However, it does more harm than good to dwell on the things that you think are "wrong" with you and your life. That's why it's important to balance goal setting, with Gratitude.

Take time every single day to contemplate all the things that are great about you and about your life. Really allow yourself to feel the joy of all the goods things - even if they are just itty bitty.
  • "I'm grateful for the beautiful weather today"
  • "I'm grateful for my awesome sister"
  • "I'm grateful for internet access"
  • "I'm grateful for bananas"
  • "I'm grateful for the 4 pushup improvement I had this week
and so much more...

Not only does this improve your mood and stoke your motivation furnace, there is real, hard science shows that having an attitude of gratitude actually brings the molecules around you (including those in your body) into more appealing alignment. The above photo is the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto. It's a water crystal that has been treated with concentrated thoughts of Love & Gratitude. On the other hand, look what the phrase "you make me sick" does to water. Amazing!

Remember, the human body is 55% to 78% water. So the next time you catch your self hurling insults at your reflection in the mirror (been there, it sucks) just STOP! Instead, give yourself a kind word and think about something that makes you happy.

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1 comment:

  1. I totally agree! It's easy to get lost in wanting. I will make more of an effort to appreciate my blessings. :)