Gratitude…How To Change Your Mindset

This post is dedicated to my “gratitude sisters”, Patty & Mirella. They are always full of love & light, showing me what gratitude is all about. I am blessed to have such amazing women to guide me along.

The Old Me

Believe it or not, I used to be a very negative person. I had a “victim” approach to almost everything and was very insecure about the way I looked, my belief system, my abilities, and all the ways in which I didn’t fit in. Generally, I had a negative outlook on life. But after my second bout with depression, and at the moment when my youngest son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, this all started to changed. I learned how to find gratitude even in the most difficult of times. 

Look For The Good

It was a slow and sometimes emotionally painful process but day by day the easier it became and my mindset and perspective on life, relationships, the way I relate to my students, and the way I viewed myself began to profoundly change. Even though there were times (still are times) when things were crap and stayed that way for a while, I learned to always find the good in every situation. There is always good, even if you can’t or don’t want to see it. Look again..always look again.

Gratitude List

One of the ways that you can change your mindset is to write a daily gratitude list. You can’t feel sorry for yourself and write a gratitude list at the same time! Ha! From November 2014 to November 2015, two of my girlfriends and I started a daily “gratitude group”. We would text each other three things that we were grateful for EVERY SINGLE DAY without fail for an entire year.

Staying Consistent

Since we agreed to text each other, it made us accountable and helped us to stay motivated to continue and be consistent. I can’t emphasize enough how effective this type of strategy can be. Slowly but surely your entire mindset can be transformed. And reading what others are grateful for always put a smile on my face! Smiling releases “feel good” endorphins! So it was a double win! I had tried to do this on my own many times in the past, but I wouldn’t be consistent. I would do it for a few days then forget about it.

At Least One Good Thing

Nowadays, even with regards to my training, I always find at least one thing that I am grateful for even when my workouts don’t go as planned, when I have little aches/pains and when I look back at the entire year that I was injured and not even able to walk. I have started to use a daily training journal that is helping me stay positive, focused, calm, and most of all very grateful for every foot strike, every conquered workout, every day that I get to run, and every personal best. 

How do you stay grateful? Please share, you never know who you are helping and inspiring! 

 

4 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed reading your blog. I am such a strong believer in the good paying gratitude does in one’s life..

    Knowing and acknowledging that you live a blessed life makes things happen. It draws in even more blessings.. To practice the gratitude way of life is not difficult , its just very different than how we’re used to doing it. For me the daily gratitude lists we shared with you and Mirella was like having my own personal pit crew who help me change my flat tires when I’m heading down a rough patch.

  2. I am so touched that you dedicated this article to me and Patty. Writing gratefuls every day helps me so much in staying positive and putting my energy on what really matters. I am a happier person since i have been wrting 3 gratefuls a day. I truly believe it helps me to b a better mom, to be better at my job and just a better me.

    Your article Angela is very inspiring. I hope people who read this article will take the challenge and write 3 gratefuls a day to a friend or in a journal. I promise you, your life will change for the better.

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