WHAT DID YOU ACCOMPLISH TODAY?
If you’ve attended any of my workshops either online or in person, you’re familiar with my insistence on keeping a Gratitude Journal. It’s absolutely vital!
Making note of things for which we’re grateful brings to mind the positive aspects of life. It allows us to consider our day in a positive light, looking for the bright spots. Writing in your Gratitude Journal at bedtime provides you with a win/win experience. In addition to changing your focus, it helps to shift your thoughts from the stresses of your day toward calming thoughts that prepare you for better sleep.
Today, I’d like to suggest a simple addition to that practice. As you’re writing in your Gratitude Journal tonight, answer this question:
What did I accomplish today?
At the end of the day, many of us focus only on what didn’t get done. We feel we failed in so many ways and at bedtime, we ruminate over those perceived failures. Our focus then moves toward how we should hit the ground running the following morning to get a better handle on getting things done.
But, what about the pat on the back for what you did get done? Did you get the bills paid? The dishwasher unloaded? Finish up a report for work? Keep thinking about every detail of your day and give yourself credit for the accomplishments you made.
Pat yourself on the back as often as necessary for the things you DO get done. Changing your focus helps to frame things in a positive direction.
Remember, it’s all about focus.
Where do you choose to focus your thoughts? Moving toward a more positive frame of mind is a choice. The more often you choose to re-direct your thoughts, the more likely it will become a habit. And, a powerfully healing one, at that!
Let me know how this addition to your bedtime routine works for you!