It’s nearly here. That’s right, hold on, hang in there, it’s not far away!
Not that we’ve had anything to complain about though right? This will have to go down as one of the most pleasant Winters I can remember. Sure there have been the odd cold morning and the temperature does drop once that sun goes down in the afternoon. But you gotta appreciate the hand we’ve been dealt.
That’s what today’s post is all about, a little know human quality called Gratitude.
I learnt this little tip, in fact a few little tips, a few years ago that I’ve since moulded into one little ritual that I do at the end of my day. I don’t do it every day, but I sihould because on the days I do it I feel much happier, less stressed and I go to sleep much easier at night because of it.
The two “tips” I’ve put together is a 5 min Daily Review and a 2 min Gratitude Session. The review started off as more of a business task to help me get a scope on how much productive work I did in my average day as a Kiama fitness business owner. Over time, it has started to include “did I complete my planned exercise sessions” did I dirnk 3L of water today” and many other non-business related items.
The 2 min of gratitude was something I read about several times and I even had a client at the time who was practising this regimen. It sounded a bit “hippy” to me at first but I decided to try it out for myself and see. It made sense to tack it onto the end of this daily review I was doing anyway.
I know what you might be thinking, why bother? What difference will it make in my life?
Being gratfeul for what you have is powerful because it reminds you of all the positives in your life.
It can turn supposedly “bad” things into “good” things.
Having problems at work? Be grateful you have a job.
Having challenges in a certain area of yor life? Be grateful your lifes not boring. Challenges are something you can learn from to become a stronger person.
When it’s not a particularly nice day of weather, I’m grateful we live in Kiama where days like we had over the weekend are more often the norm. Never take that for granted. You could live in the UK where you’d be lucky to ever see the sun.
When I’m exercising and it hurts (and don’t kid yourself it hurts me too) I try to tell myself that I’m lucky that I’m stuck under a heavy squat bar. What if I was in a wheelchair? I should appreciate that I’m active, I can head down the beach for surf or run around with my mates and play sport.
When I’m swamped with my own work and I’m not having a particularly enjoyable day I remind myself in my job as a Kiama Personal Trainer I get to help people become the best version of themselves. It keeps me active. It’s fun. I change people’s lives. How many people can honestly say that?
So the next time you’re having a little moment with yourself and feeling like it’s all a bit too hard, the world’s against you, it’s not fair, maybe try a liittle gratitude on for style. It might just help you put things in perspective a bit better.
“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” Gilbert K Chesterton
Today I’m grateful for a wonderful stable of clients I have at Oxygen Health & Fitness and the effort they contunally put in. It seriously amazes me. I’m also grateful for the momentum that’s gathering for Australia’s Toughest Fun Run – Saddleback Smash.
Early Bird Registrations end this weekend so get on over and register at this website