One of the most overlooked aspects of a true body and health transformation is gratitude. In short, you need to be thankful for what you have, not regretful about what you don’t. We are so conditioned by society to think about what we don’t have that it’s easy to forget or even realize how positive and amazing our lives, journeys, and accomplishments really are.
I believe that meaningful, long-term change ALWAYS happens with small victories, one at a time. Be grateful for those victories and celebrate them. Consider these victorious perspectives;
- If you couldn’t make it to the gym because of your work schedule or traffic but did a short workout and/or stretching routine at home. That’s a victory, not a failure. Celebrate it.
- If you went out to dinner and the food choices weren’t perfectly in line with your goals, but you made the meal “a little better” by skipping the starch and doubling up on veggies. That’s a victory, not a failure. Cherish it.
- If your goal is to lose 30 pounds in the next year, but you’ve only lost 5 so far, don’t beat yourself up about how far you have to go. Be grateful for the small steps you took TODAY that moved you closer to your goal.
I am in an entrepreneur group and every week they ask us to post our weekly victories and the caveat is that there is no victory too small – they all count. Once you start opening up your mind to the small ones it’s amazing how much you really have accomplished.
We as humans tend to only look at the bigger ones. Keep in mind that a bunch of small ones will easily equal a big one.
So I challenge you now to celebrate the small stuff, be grateful for small victories, and avoid the temptation to beat yourself up over failures that, in the long run, almost never are as damaging as you perceive them to be in the moment.
If your goal is to transform yourself into a happier, healthier person, make sure you include gratitude in your approach.
What are you grateful for right now, and how can you unleash that positive energy into actions that will move you closer to your goal?