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Begin year with power of gratitude

Confession: Over the last week or so I have been in full chillax. At times I have found myself some what mindlessly drifting through the beautiful summerdays, enjoying that magic time between Christmas and New Year.
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For me, it’s a way of recharging the batteries. In preparation for getting back to reality,I have been taking some time to be more mindful.

A practice recommended by many is mindfulness – which is basically being more aware or conscious of something. It is often about paying attention or being more present in the moment.

I strongly believe that our lives are better when we are more aware of those things that we should be grateful for. In a busy, sometimes stressful world, a great way to do this is simple mindfulness exercise where we list the positives in our lives followed by a short “why”.

There are no hard and fast rules, but here is a format that works for me and the people I work with.

Take a clean sheet of paper (or screen), write in the middle in a circle “what I am grateful for”. Simply fill the page in other circles with the things that you appreciate in your life. For example:

My family. Why? They love me and I love them.

My partner/wife/husband. Why? If we are lucky, they are our best friendand someone to share our life with.

My health. Why? Without it I can’t be there for my family and live a full life.

My work. Why? It allows me to fulfillmy life’s purpose.

My friends. Why? They add value to my life and I add value to theirs.

Where I live. Why? It allows me to live the life I want to live.

The ability to make decisions about what kind of a life I have.

By the way, the exercise isn’t over until you have done two more things. Expressthanks for each of the things that you are grateful for. For example, tell your family you love them. And identifywhat you need to change to have a better situation in some areas of your life.

You could then make a list of actions that you will take to express your thanks, and another list focused on those areas that you have identified that you need to change or improve. This time of the year is a great time to reflect and take an hour to complete the exercise.

For example, if the exercise highlighted that you are very happy and thankful more most areas of your life but you identified that you want to improve your health, the next step is to set some goals and take some action in that area. You may have identified that you are spending too much time with negative people, so you might commit to a new hobby or activity where you will meet new people.

Why not start 2017 by asking yourself, “what am I grateful for?”

Greg Mowbray is a leadership speaker, author, mentor and consultant. Email him at at [email protected]成都夜总会招聘Greg Mowbray

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