Again, I was taking a solid look at many of my mentors' blogs, e-newsletters etc, and found this (US) Thanksgiving piece that I connected with - maybe you will too...
To Be Great, Be Grateful
Did you know your brain is NOT designed to make you happy? I know this might be alarming to you, but your brain has only one primary responsibility—to keep you alive. Thus your brain is constantly on the lookout for danger and attack warnings. Your brain is programmed specifically to seek out the negative.
This is a problem if you desire love, prosperity and happiness—those things beyond simply safety.
Left unguided (as most do), your brain will stew in the negative all day, every day of your life. The conundrum is—what you think about comes about. Where your attention goes, energy flows, thus the direction your life takes.
This is where the power of gratitude comes in. If you want to direct your life in a positive direction, you have to redirect your mind towards abundance and what’s positive by forcing it to focus it on what you are grateful for.
If you want to become great, you have to focus on being grateful. You can change any situation in your life by simply redirecting your mind to focus on what’s right about it versus what is wrong.
I have a (US) Thanksgiving Challenge for you.
My challenge to you is to think of an area of your life you are having difficulty in and want to improve.
For the next 21 days, take three minutes at the end of the day and write down, in detail, (what) about a problematic situation that occured that day that you appreciate, what’s good and what you’re grateful for surrounding that negative or problematic situation. This could be about a confrontational co-worker at the office, your job as a whole or your troubled marriage… anything or anyone that frustrates or negatively affects you.
I promise you, when you change how you look at a situation (from a negative to a positive), the situation changes.
Who is up for this simple challenge?
Come on, reading this blog won’t help you.
As Johann Von Goethe said, “Knowing is not enough; we must apply.”
Ideas without implementation are useless. Ideas executed have the power to change the world—particularly your world.
Take the challenge. Not for me, for you. Will you? 3 minutes a day for 21 days.
Declare that you will and what you are committed to being grateful for during the next 21 days in the comments below.
Don’t be a silent “lurker”, encourage others by sharing your declaration in the comments section.