People are busy. Part of the stress in life is thinking about the time we have left in the day and the tasks we have yet to accomplish. And it doesn’t matter physiologically if you are the manager of a Fortune 500 company or in my case the owner of a small fitness company. I feel the stress of being busy and having tasks to accomplish in my day like everyone else. It’s all relative to what you know and what you are used to.
With so many minutes in my day dedicated to planning workouts, doing paperwork, training clients and running classes, I don’t spend a lot of time stopping to think about all the things I’m thankful for and the people who have helped me get to where I am. Sometimes I think we are so wrapped up in our busy lives that we forget all the things that can make us happy are sitting in front of us.
So you’re welcome to join me in a daily ritual of adding to a notepad all the things I am grateful for. You can use an electronic device or get your own notepad. You don’t have to share it with anyone, it’s just for you. Each day I quickly review the list and add to it at least one item (but can add as many as I want) and continue to build it every day for at least 90 days. I got this idea from Ben Greenfield who is a Podcaster and fitness trainer in the U.S. He does this every morning when he wakes up, but I think it’s okay to do it at any time (of course starting your day being thankful and reliving happy moments certainly can’t hurt). It’s an exercise in having perspective in your life and learning what’s important to you.