Add gratitude to your to-do list. I have been talking a lot about to-do lists, getting organized, taking time to plan, but one thing I forgot to mention was to add gratitude in to your daily routine.
Put it on your to-do list: gratitude.Take a moment each day to think about what you are grateful for.
I recently read Brené Brown’s book Daring Greatly where she quotes Lynne Twist as she refers to scarcity.
For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is “I didnt get enough sleep.” The next one is “I don’t have enough time.” Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don’t have enough of… Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we’re already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn’t get, or didn’t get done, that day. We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to that reverie of lack… This internal condition of scarcity, this mind-set of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice, and our arguments with life. – Lynne Twist, The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life
Often our first thoughts are ‘not enough’ thoughts. Instead of waking up to not enough thoughts try thinking about what you are grateful for: your comfy bed, your nice bathroom, your coffee maker, your warm shower… You may find each day is a little brighter with this tiny shift in your morning thoughts. Then when you sit down to review your to-do list you already get to check one thing off of the list! There is nothing more satisfying than checking off that to-do list!
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