You have the power to change your life right now, but it might not feel that way. Much of adult life is spent worrying about what might happen in the future or complaining about what happened in the past, but gratitude can help you take control of your life and give you the tools to start building a new way of living. These 5 simple ways to utilize the power of gratitude will help you live the life you want now and give you back the power to succeed in your life.
1) Appreciate The Little Things
With gratitude, it’s important to start small. Focus on the little things in your life that you appreciate–you have enough to eat, a bed to sleep in, clothes to wear–and retrain your brain. It seems like society is encouraged to think of the negative before anything else, but these destructive thought patterns keep you in the same depressing cycles and take your power away. Take back your power and focus on all the little things that you are grateful for. Give yourself a reason for gratitude and happiness now and your life will bloom!
2) Focus On The Present
It’s time to let go of what you can’t control and start focusing on what you can. Living in the present is one of the best ways to take control of your life. Instead of worrying about what was, or what might be, be grateful that you are alive now. Think of all the things you have to be grateful for right now, in the present, and focus on those things. No matter what is going on in life, there are always things to be grateful for. You might not be working in a job you like, but take heart! Instead of focusing on the bad, focus on what you are grateful for about your job–it gives you money to pay your bills, or enough for a vacation–and, if it’s still not what you want, take control and look for a new job.
3) Let Go Of The Past–And Be Grateful For What You Learned
The past can be full of hurt and pain, but you don’t need to live in the past forever. One of the major ways the past can take control of your present is by occupying your thoughts now. Use the past as a learning experience, be grateful that you were able to continue on after challenging situations and then let go by focusing on your present. The past can only hurt you if you choose to obsess over it. Take back your power and move on from the past.
4) Be Grateful For What You Have Now–While Envisioning A Bright Future
Part of taking control is realizing that your life is already wonderful, but giving yourself goals to work towards is a great way to channel your energy into positive pursuits. By focusing on gratitude now, it will be easier to accept when more good things come to you in the future. Your mind has been stuck on the negative for so long that you second guess when something good comes into your life and, instead of being grateful, you just wait for the next bad thing to come and ruin it. Change your mind and set it on gratitude and you won’t believe how your life will change!
5) Focus On Experiences And Not Stuff
People fill their homes with useless junk when they’re feeling bored or unsatisfied with their lives. One way to combat this hoarding is by investing in experiences and not things. Spend time with family and friends–go on adventures in your own backyard–and cherish the beautiful memories you create. No one can take away the happiness that comes from new experiences with people you love. Be grateful for the people and moments in your life where you’re having fun or doing something new and exciting, or even when you’re doing something mundane. Cherish all the beautiful moments you’ve spent with family and friends and you’ll be happier than you ever thought possible.
You have the power to rewrite the plot of your life. Though at times you might feel hopeless, all that you need to do is adjust your attitude. Changing your thoughts seems hard because it’s all on you. There’s no one else responsible for how you’re feeling other than yourself, and that can be a hard reality to face. But when you take back control over your feelings and start channeling your energy into what you’re grateful for, you will become the architect of your own life, instead of a nail that’s repeatedly hammered in.