You need to appreciate the things in your life. This journal will teach you how to change the way you think. Setting up the journal will be quick and easy by comparison. There are several ways to create your journal. First, purchase a blank notebook. It doesn’t have to be big or fancy, just something small and simple that you can write in.
The main thing to remember is that you should be making entries almost every day.
Set up a regular time every day to make an entry, whether in the morning or in the evening. Typically the evening is better because it helps you to go to bed thinking positively, as well as giving you an opportunity to mentally review your day, to start, think about recording between three and five things a day. It is an easy target the will help to get you thinking in terms of being thankful.
Try to record the date along with your gratitude entries. From here, it is just staying consistent with the schedule. Try to come up with new things every day. The items do not have to be big, but you should make sure to think about your day to find gems that you may otherwise overlook.
List this part of your journal the “CREATING THE NEW ME,” section. Write new things you are appreciative of each day.
You can make your entries as simple or complex as you like. Take some time occasionally to read them, particularly on days when you are feeling down. You will be amazed at how quickly you will start smiling.
In the back of the journal, take a quarter of the notebook and title it your “Daily Gratitude Journal.” Dedicate the diary to someone you care about and feel close to, someone who would be proud to see you accomplishing these goals and living the life you want to lead. Dedicating the journal to someone, you care about gives you the motivation to want to change for the better. Write about the changes that are occurring in your life and how it makes you feel to reach them. Write about how these achievements are making you into a better person and how they are helping you with your life. Describe what you had to do to achieve the goals.
Self-determination is the key to positive change. Self-determination requires that you make an agreement with yourself and keep it. You must have faith in yourself that you are going to change your life by being grateful.
Your motivation to accomplish this gratitude journal will become easier as each day goes by. Saying you are going to improve your life is easy, but you cannot just say you are going to improve it by being grateful; you have to take time out each day and think of things that you are grateful for and focus on the good things in your life of not the bad.
Change takes time and as step one says, “You need to have patience.”
Reward yourself every time you are grateful. For example, rent a movie or reward yourself with some quiet time to relax and focus just on yourself. To me, there is nothing better than having some time alone with yourself. Do something that makes you happy. Remember, you cannot make others happy until you are happy with yourself.
In your journal, make a list called Record of Successes and itemize all positive changes that you have accomplished. Create a list of everything good you believe you have done for yourself. This will make you feel good about yourself. For example, include the following:
Develop a special time in the day for quiet time. Studies have shown that individuals who have a daily quiet time are less likely to focus on negative thoughts, and more likely to succeed and achieve high levels of success than those who do not.
Take a few minutes during the day to write in your journal. Try to make it the same time each day, perhaps when no one is home or just before you start the day in the morning. You could also wait until everyone goes to sleep so that no one will bother you. Give yourself at least fifteen minutes to a half hour. Relax, and while you are writing and relaxing ask yourself the question: “Where am I headed in life with my new way of looking at life and how can I help others by being grateful?” Then write about it. Make sure you are focusing on the things you want to accomplish in life by being grateful.
The only way you will change for the better is making sure that negative thoughts do not control your life. You need to feel proud of the changes you are making with this gratitude program. Focus on what you have accomplished. Think about how you feel about your life and what you can do to improve it while writing in this journal.
The goal is to let yourself open up and write intimately and honestly about what you are grateful for in life. This journal helps you realize all great things in your life that you should be grateful and it will help you heal your wounds so you can get on with your life.
Now repeat this process each day. Each day review the things you have written in your journal. These steps are a new way of life. You are on your way to living a happy, healthy and positive life. There are so many things to be grateful for in your life. Take some time out to realize what they are.
Motivate yourself to get you inspired to begin your gratitude journal. Begin by leaving a comment below with something you are grateful for today. The world wants to know what you’re grateful for in life. Help others see gratitude in a different light. Share what makes you feel grateful.
Originally published at thecompleteherbalguide.com