Week 3 of Gratitude: Developing A Practice

Welcome to Soul Studies -- prompts and questions to explore GRATITUDE in your life, business and creativity.

This is your weekly wake up call to spend that 15 minutes, go back to your values, and actually let the monthly theme permeate your consciousness and your daily life.

So… pour yourself your favorite beverage, open up a journal, and commit yourself to the prompts and exercises below! This is how you leverage your Color Your Soul subscription the most -- by absorbing these insights and then actually applying them in your life!

Week 3: 

Developing A Practice

It's probably no surprise to those of you who've been subscribers for months now, but when it comes to folding anything new and positive into my life, the greatest lesson I've learned is in developing a practice.

The simple truth is that if I allow it, life will carry me away in its current. The tasks of the day, the to-do lists, my inbox... all these things are like a river of reactivity and if I don't show up with intention and tether myself to a rock each and every morning, the things that I KNOW contribute to my most vibrant life often get pushed aside.

That rock is how I view developing a practice. Without a practice -- a consistent commitment to come back to -- it becomes all too easy to choose what is easy over what is beneficial.

And gratitude is no exception.

About four weeks ago, I decided I wanted to give this whole "gratitude practice" thing a try for the first time in my life. I have to tell you guys... it has made a HUGE impact on me in so many ways these past four weeks. I find that I'm infinitely more patient, more peaceful, more joyful and, surprisingly, more confident because bringing awareness to all that I have to be grateful for each day shifts my mindset from a place of scarcity to a place of abundance.

Tethering myself to that rock of practice each day reminds me that I am in control of the current, and it allows me to get my bearings so I can navigate the river of reactivity (not get swallowed by it.)

So anyway, instead of journal prompts today, my challenge for you this week is:

Can you commit to a daily gratitude practice for 5 minutes a day for the next week?

The key to sticking with any practice is this: Find what works for you.

Here are a few ideas that you might want to try:

  • Keep the Five Minute Journal by your bed (what I use)
  • Write down three things you're grateful for on a post-it in the morning
  • Post to the #dailygratitude channel in the CYS Slack
  • Share your gratitude list on social media
  • Write your daily gratitude in a journal
  • Begin a gratitude jar and add a small moment of thankfulness each day (you can go back through them as a family at the end of the week!)
  • Heck, you can even sing your gratitude in the shower!...

All I ask is that you try SOMETHING as an experiment if you don't already have a practice. I truly think it's one of the best, most powerful changes I've made in my life in a LONG time.

Developing a practice isn't always the easiest thing. It requires breaking some of your normal routines and habits, and that likely means there will be day when you forget or you ignore it completely. That's okay. Come back to it anyway. The beauty of a practice is you get deeper and better results the more you cultivate it, so trust in the positive impact that it could have on your outlook.

Gratitude is not some fluffy, empty concept. I have seen the very real, practical, and tangible effect it can have on your life -- if you're willing to make the time for it.