Happy Tuesday! I am linking up with Jessica and Jill for #DishTheFit and today’s optional topic is, “An Attitude of Gratitude”. I had to participate, because I am in the process of getting my Life Performance Coaching certification as well as completing the Robbins-Madanes Strategic Interventionist Program (who doesn’t love Tony Robbins??) to help enhance my personal training and nutritional therapy certifications. I believe that all of my specializations go hand in hand, and I want to be able to help my clients break through whatever barriers are keeping them from being healthy and happy.
What’s an attitude of gratitude, really? It’s living your life from the perspective of being grateful for everything that is. This includes finding gratitude in things that are less than what you believe you would like them to be.
Basically, your attitude of gratitude is finding your silver linings on a grander scale.
A major lesson I am learning in my life coach training is finding a way to utilize all of my failures as a way to clear the path for the greater things that I am working towards.
We’ve all had times in our lives where something we’ve put a lot of ourselves into didn’t work out. There are not enough words to describe the negative emotions we feel when this type of rejection occurs, not to mention what it does to our motivation and self-esteem.
The truth is, we can learn to reprogram and internalize these negative experiences and transform the energy associated with them into positive choices and directions.
3 Steps For Finding A Silver Lining In Any Situation
- Ask yourself, “What can I learn from this situation?” Maybe you’ve lost your job, ended an important relationship, or found out some crappy news in general. Regardless of which end of the spectrum an event is perceived to be on, there’s always something to be learned — whether it’s about yourself, another person, or situation. Maybe the lesson you learned is that you have to be more or less trusting. Maybe the lesson you learned is that you didn’t really ever feel happy in the job you lost (I’ve so been there on this one)! Maybe the lesson you learned is that you need to take better care of yourself or start making your well-being a priority. Choosing to take a bad situation and turn it into a lesson learned will enable you to grow emotionally and spiritually.
- Ask yourself, “What am I able to do now that I wasn’t able to do before?” In any situation, your opportunities will change. Try to focus on how this opportunity will give you the ability to do something (or many things) you weren’t able to do before. What skills did you gain from your last job? If you’re out of a relationship or toxic friendship what time — more importantly energy — do you have to now devote to something that will make you happier, stronger, and more fulfilled? Maybe now you’re more able to speak up for yourself and communicate what you do and don’t want out a relationship/friendship. There is no way that you have not gained the ability to do something bigger and better today that you couldn’t have done yesterday. Discover this, rebuild and go forward.
- Ask yourself, “Do I have perspective?” This is not to belittle yourself or your struggles, but if you can step back from any situation and answer yes to any, some, or all of the following, you’ve got a lot to be thankful for:
Do I have my health?
Do I have a place to live?
Do I have clothes on my back?
Do I have food to eat?
Do I have a support system and people whom I love and that love me?
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While none of these things may seem like much to celebrate, take some time to appreciate each and every item. Being able to truly appreciate all that you do have going for you is really the biggest silver lining of all.
Practicing an attitude of gratitude is all about really appreciating everything for what it is, and sometimes that means having to search for that silver lining, appreciate it, and be content with life right now as it is.
Do you look for the silver lining in bad situations? How do you practice an attitude of gratitude?