One thing that I’m proud of. One thing that makes me feel good…
Here’s an example (see photo above) of a few days of my gratitude exercise, in my journal (forgive the chicken scratch handwriting).
It can be simple. It’s people. It’s health. It’s a person I meet in passing, like the nice lady who works at the Vietnamese hotel I’m staying at.
It can be my workout the night before. It can be a thought or feeling I like and want to remind myself of.
You can find anything to be grateful for. The sun, the rain, the peace and quiet.
You cannot manifest abundance or success into your life through a mental state of “wanting.” This will just lead to more wanting.
I experienced this first hand. I would want something. I might get it, but then I realized this didn’t make me happy. I want something else now. The pleasure of what I had was lost by wanting more.
In order to manifest sustainable abundance (success, happiness), it must come from a place of “having.”
“Already having” is the state of mind I strive for. I’m not great at this. I’m working on it. “Already having” is a feeling inside myself that doesn’t need to have anything else in order to be happy.
This is the abundance mindset. This is what leads to attracting better relationships and situations in your life.
The way to express “already having” is showing gratitude. It’s being grateful for what you have, and not dwelling on what you don’t have.
Does this gratitude exercise create abundance for me? I don’t know. But what I know for sure: this exercise sets the tone for my day.
By writing down five things each morning, my chances increase that I’ll live today with some gratitude. When I live with gratitude, I don’t worry as much about what I don’t have. This lowers stress.