How To Shift Your Mindset And Live Gratefully

Just about every day, I head to Prospect Park by my apartment in Brooklyn to take in the scenery and run. I always turn on my Nike+ app as soon as I step out the door to track my time and distance. I’m obsessed with knowing how far I’ve gone and how much further I have to go. Because I’m so focused on my path, I ignore everything around me: the blooming flowers, the kids playing and the swans roaming the pond.

Today, for some odd reason, I forgot to turn on my Nike+ app. I didn’t even realize it until I was 2 miles in because it had been a while and there wasn’t a buzz in my ear telling me how far I’ve gone. I decided to continue on my run without the annoying distraction.

By the time I got back to my apartment, I felt exhilarated. It felt like I had meditated for the past 60 minutes. My head was completely clear, I was stress and anxiety free, I felt like I could conquer anything.

Letting go of all control forced me to stop and smell the flowers. I had time to appreciate my life and everything that’s in it. Instead of complaining about my job, I shifted my mindset and instead felt grateful, grateful that my job gives me the flexibility to pursue my dreams while earning a comfortable living. Instead of complaining about my messy roommates, I felt grateful for them because whenever I’m feeling down, they’re always there to pick me back up again.

I began smiling because I wanted to, not because it was the polite thing to do. My entire attitude shifted. There’s no more “waking up on the wrong side of the bed.” I consistently feel good.

It’s all about your perspective.

Taking the time to appreciate your life and everything in it brings more abundance in it.

Doesn’t that sound nice? Such a simple adjustment has the power to completely revolutionize your life.

What are some other small changes you can make that have the ability to impact your life in a major way? Leave them in the comments.

Go Girl.

 

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