I want you to spend some time practicing gratitude. You’ve probably heard it before, and I’ll be the first to admit it feels weird at first specially setting time aside for this.
    I tried the 5 min journal thing about a year ago- I didn’t like it. It lasted less than a week.

    But I’ve found something that is my jam.

    I call it “Bright Spots”

    It’s a practice we do in a private members group at CrossFit Outlaw North, but I can’t take credit for it. I got it from my business mentoring group, and they got it from Chip & Dan Health.
    The point is, it doesn’t matter who’s idea it is- the benefit is in the practice.

    At first I had to think about them a lot and I found I was repeating the same underlying ideas.

    Now, they just come to me. I could write a legitimate one every other day, if not every single day.

    In the short term, it feels good to share positive things. Much of the time it sparks others to do the same, which is awesome. I enjoy reading those way more than writing my own. When I post a bright spot from my week that occurred because of another person, hearing the story makes them happy of course, but it has a boomerang effect and that happiness comes back to me as well.

    The long tail of this is that I’m rewiring my brain to focus on positive things and relationships.

    The importance of this cannot be understated since after all your life sort of ends up being a continuous flow of your relationships, and how you respond to people and things in your environment.

    I still meet people that I disagree with, occasional threats to my business (if you want to call them that), and things that just generally require my headspace and mental resources- BUT I simply have way too many positive things and relationships to cultivate to focus any more time than absolutely necessary on those things.

    My practice of gratitude “Bright Spots Friday” reminds me of that.

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