Attitude of Gratitude – Part Two

Attitude is a habit.

What kind of attitude are your cultivating?

If you want an attitude of gratitude (we have already looked at the great benefits here), a tried and true practice for developing the habit is to write down what you are grateful for.

Grab a small pad and make it your gratitude journal. What are you grateful for? At the very least, write down a few answers in the morning. If you really want to go for it, write down a bunch…then write down a bunch more before lunch, and bunch more before dinner. If you continue to train yourself to think about you are grateful for, your training will pay off with an attitude of gratitude that eventually comes very naturally.

One last tip – Carry the journal with you and pull it when you are standing in line at the bank, stuck in traffic, or experiencing some adversity. Remember what you are grateful for and avoid being sucked into the pit of negativity and blame. You can temper and rightly direct those negative, energy-zapping emotions – you do not need to be enslaved by them. An attitude of gratitude is a source of freedom worth cultivating.

Attitude of Gratitude – Part One

Gratitude has incredible juice to help you in all areas of your life.

Being truly grateful helps us to begin in place of positivity that looks out on the horizon for possibilities and opportunities with a hopeful spirit.

Depression, negativity, resignation, etc. all zap us of the energy we need to keep advancing. We do not need to be thoroughly stressed out, worried, and fearful.

It is important that our gratitude does not make us so comfortable that we stop taking action, rather we want our attitude of gratitude to propel us forward with energy for action.

We want to live in the right order where gratitude is our unshakable, perpetual foundation. Nourished by gratitude’s positive energy, we can then notice where we are concerned, fearful, and tempted to worry, without being emotionally enslaved by these things. We can acknowledge the issues we find, notice what is valid, and then take action on those areas that need our attention.

Be grateful, then go pick some weeds and cultivate your garden.

So…what you grateful for?


Wake Up Early

It may sound counter-intuitive, but if you really want to bounce out of bed in the morning, you need to wake up early.

The precious hours of the early morning are a vital time for taking action toward your most important goals.

Does this take self-control? Sure does. Yet, so does every good goal. The great news – getting up early actually will help you have more self-control.

The Self-Control Tank

In a famous study out of FSU, two separate groups were invited to eat freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. The first group was allowed to dive in and eat the cookies. The second group was invited to resist eating the cookies and to eat some radishes instead. Both groups were then given impossible geometry puzzles to solve. The individuals that ate the cookies worked on the puzzles an average of 20 minutes before giving up. The individuals who had to resist eating the cookies, gave up after eight minutes on average.

In one sense, when you exercise self-control, you reduce your immediate capability for more self-control. So it is not as if the more you use, the more you you have. Rather, it is more like a tank of fuel. The more you use, the less you have; therefore, the best way to live is to accomplish the most important tasks that require the greatest level of self-control first thing each day before anything else.

Out of this same tank of self-control, also comes our ability to make decisions. The more energy we use in decision-making, the worse we do with self-control. The more energy we use for self-control, the worse we do with decision-making. The early morning is also the optimal time for your most important decisions.

The Self-Control Muscle

It has also been found that self-control works like a muscle – the more you use it, the stronger your long-term capability gets.

It is important to be engaged in the right amount of daily activity that requires your self-control.

On the one hand, you don’t want to overdo it because then you will experience great difficulty exercising self-control and good decision making for the rest of the day. Leave some daily margin for yourself since you never know what surprises might be waiting for you.

On the other hand, you do want to underdo it because then your self-control muscle will not grow and even diminish.

Experiment with your schedule and find the right amount of tasks which require high levels of self-control to commit to each day. Seek to always have new goals that stretch you, yet always limit the number of new goals so you don’t stretch yourself too far.

Write your goals down, wake up early, and take action toward those goals immediately.

Bounce Out of Bed Before Breakfast


Let’s Get Started!

If you are new to this blog, you definitely want to check out the About page first by clicking here. This will give you the low down on who I am and the why behind this blog.

Next, my first series of posts will focus specifically on why getting up early is so super beneficial.

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

One of the most helpful books I have read on the good reasons to get up early is Laura Vanderkam’s What the Most Successful People do Before Breakfast. It is highly motivational and I encourage you to grab a copy (just click the link below), keep it on your night stand, and a read a page or two before falling asleep each night.

I will begin unpacking some of the most important points of this book tomorrow. For now, purchase a copy and feel good about taking your first action to move toward achieving your goal of bouncing out of bed in the morning with passion and purpose.