Get Moving: The Power of Gratitude
I believe there are many forces in the world that greatly make impact our lives. Love, acceptance, and determination are a few examples. However, I know first-hand that one of the strongest forces in our lives comes from gratitude. The power of being intentional about thanksgiving in our lives not only keeps our perspective strong during the tough times, but it also propels us forward and opens our eyes to a deeper and more fulfilled view of our own lives.
Why am I bringing this up to an audience of musicians? Because all of us, no matter what we are pursuing, need to take moments to reflect. We need to be grateful for where we were, what each present day holds, and where we are going. When we are stuck in a rut or feeling discouraged, finding even the smallest moments of something good helps us realize that we are actually making progress and that things aren’t quite as bad as they seem. When we are experiencing times of success and accomplishing our goals, taking time to be thankful for those moments reminds us of all the hard work we put into it and if we made it this far, then think about what might possibly be next! Hear me when I say - gratitude has power!
Here’s what I do. I keep a gratitude journal. Every morning (well, most mornings), I write down three things I am thankful for about the day before. They might be small moments or big things that happened, but the point is to notice them and write them down. It takes only a few minutes, but makes a big impact on my day and life. I’ve also noticed that I am more mindful of the good things that happen throughout the day because I know they will make my list the next morning. As a writer, I love being able to include moments where something I wrote made a difference in someone’s day, when I finished a new blog article, or sold another copy of my book. As musicians, I am sure you can include similar things on your list as well. Seeing it written down helps build momentum and encourages us to keep going!
I challenge you to take the next week and start a gratitude journal. Every morning or every night, write down three things you are thankful for about that day. See what it does in your life. Watch how it impacts your perspective and pushes you to keep going with your goals and dreams. I promise it will make make a positive impact on you and those around you!