I’m back with my Desperately Seeking Motivation series.
Over the next few weeks, I’m sharing how I pulled myself out of the blah feeling I was being crushed by. Spoiler Alert: It wasn’t easy and it was NOT quick. Hell, I’m still working on it.
Like I mentioned, I didn’t not want a new app, a new project, a gimmick. I needed something I could easily add into my busy day and help to notice change.
What I DID start doing was based on Rachel Hollis’s Five to Thrive, specifically her morning journaling. I ran to Target for a new small notebook – because we always need to equipment when we are changing our lives. I picked up a Moleskin A5 lined cahier journal (it fits with my bullet journal – something I always carry with me). Every morning (I do this in my first 15 minutes at work), I write down (at least) five things I’m grateful for, my affirmation for the day, and a prayer.
Rachel suggests focusing your gratitude on specific things, not “I’m thankful for my children, for my husband, for health, etc.” I usually do this, too, but most often I focus on something that pissed me the fuck off and change it to find the good part of it. Some jackass was a horrible driver on the way to work? I’m grateful MyChild wasn’t in the car to witness it [as she’d already been dropped off at camp].
I tend toward the negative, which was a source of my crankiness and everything, so making myself turn the bad into a good has honestly helped with my general mood and attitude. Can you relate?
The affirmation is a tricky one for me. Sometimes I feel like it’s just being cheesy and stupid. BUT…. It has worked (somewhat). Often, my affirmation will be, “I will focus and accomplish this task and that task today.” I always have a running to-do list, but narrowing it down this much, and not worrying about EVERYTHING on the list, has helped.
The prayer it totally self-explanatory and it often a plea for guidance and help in achieving my affirmation.
It seems simple and probably a little cheesy, but it has worked.
Yes, I have missed day since I started this, but that’s okay, too.
If daily doesn’t work for you, maybe every other day does. Or maybe weekly works best.
If you cannot squeeze something into your jam-packed morning, maybe lunchtime or evening works better. Reflect on the day and prayer about tomorrow.
You do you.
What is something you are thankful for today?
Make it something very specific and possibly insignificant to anyone else. Share in the comments!