I woke up before the alarm went off. I had so much on my plate that I didn't sleep well, and I was more than a little anxious (if there was only a book for that!). That morning, it was all I could do to drag myself out of bed and crawl to the shower. Still, my rituals kicked in.
Every morning I text 21 people in my church congregation and executives I coach with a positive message. They expect something uplifting to their day, and I didn't want to disappoint them. An expectation of positivity got me in motion. As I thought about these amazing friends and how grateful I am to have them in my life, my attitude started to change. The positive message worked its magic on me too.
It's a simple ritual, but it made all the difference, and I was off and running. Gratitude started to make my day not just bearable but wonderful.
Around the world, we are meeting as businesspeople in live sessions again. With that comes a much different daily routine. We may be commuting to work, flying to meet with a customer we haven't seen in ages, or even going to the movies again. For me, it means traveling all over the world—airports, taxis, Ubers, Lyfts, and shuttles. My daily schedule is upside down from the calm days of COVID seclusion. Thus, it has become more important than ever for me to stick to my daily gratitude rituals. They keep me centered. They give me a reason to get out of bed and move even when I haven't slept well just to feel overwhelmed by the many things I have today and the rest of the week. They get me in motion.
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You may have those rituals that get you moving, and I would love for you to share them with me. Here are a few of mine:
1) A daily walk. I have an Apple watch, and I get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. I also shoot for 10,000 steps (about 4 miles). Just getting out of the house and breathing settles my mind. I may listen to an audiobook or sometimes let the quiet in. Rain or shine, I head out.
2) Writing in my gratitude journal. I write in my journal in the morning as I think about the day before, the wonderful people I met and worked with, the sunny weather, and seeing the grandkids. There is always something to be grateful for every day.
3) Meditation and prayer. It is so wonderful to take 10 minutes with the Calm app to breathe deeply and sit. Then I kneel in prayer and give thanks for my many blessings. It keeps me humble and grateful and is a beautiful way to start the day.
4) I send a positive text to a few dear friends and people I coach. Just a short message that lets them know I am thinking about them and grateful for our friendship.
5) I do my best to lift up a stranger every day. It might be the Uber driver, a waitress at a restaurant, or a flight attendant. I give them a small gratitude stone to thank them for their care and service. It's a simple random act of kindness that keeps me aware of the good things and people surrounding me. It helps keep me in a mindset of gratitude.