A Gratitude Journal – How Expressing Gratitude Can Transform Your Life in Difficult Times

A gratitude journal? What if you feel like times have been tough and you don't have much to be grateful for? What if you feel like you've got every right to wallow in misery? You may have the right, but is that really serving you? Read on to discover how expressing gratitude can help you turn things around.
Tough times make it hard to remember that we do have a lot to be grateful for no matter what. And at no time is it more important to make the effort.
And why? Whether or not you believe in the Law of Attraction, you have to admit that things always seem to come in groups. When good things happen, then they keep on happening. And when bad things happen, they keep going from bad to worse.
So why not believe? It clearly works, and it will help you focus on the things you do want -- so that you can draw more of them into your life.
And that's exactly where a gratitude journal comes in.
By focusing on and writing down all the things we're grateful for, i.e., the good things that have been happening in our lives, we will draw more things that we'll be grateful for.
Writing things down gives them extra power, and it also allows us to reread what we've written. So if we should forget our many blessings, we can always review them at any time.
So go ahead and pick up a notebook or a pretty journal. Make it something special. Keep it by your bedside or somewhere else where you're likely to see (and use) it every day. And start recording your blessings.
And if you're stuck for what to be grateful for, start with the simple things.
Food on the table. A roof over your head. Something to wear (even if it isn't quite what you would like to have). Maybe a job to help you earn a living. Or friends who care about you. Family members who love you.
And don't forget your health, your well-functioning eyes, ears, limbs, etc. Make adjustments for what works in your life.
Be grateful for any money that is coming into your life -- even if it's not as much as you'd like. It's a start, and gratitude for it will help you draw in more. You can even express gratitude in anticipation of what you expect to get.
Don't worry. You won't jinx it. To the contrary, you'll increase the chances that it will appear.

3 Steps Towards Accomplishing Your Resolutions

Have you taken the time yet to sit down and reflect upon the past year and what you would like to accomplish in the coming year? It is that time again, when many try to change old self-defeating habits, start new projects, accomplish the "undone" ones of years past, make new friends, change careers, or any of a number of things that you may want to change. Anytime of year is a great to get started, but January seems to be more suited to such pursuits. It is the beginning of another year and a good time to make a fresh start. Most of us live in areas that are colder, with the sun in the sky for a shorter period of time. We tend to stay indoors more with much more time to read, write, study, watch movies, etc. It's a perfect time to reflect.
New Year's Resolutions have such a bad rap. They are the things you come up with to do in the coming year that you invariably know you won't do. What's the use? I don't want to bore you with a list of "to do's," but there are some things that are essential if you want to be successful. If you would just do these three things, you will be far more likely to change unwanted behavior for good, finish that project, or work on your character. Here are 3 steps to accomplishing your New Year's Resolutions.
#1 Get a vision of what you want to accomplish. See yourself doing it, or being it. By asking yourself such questions as what do I want to look like? Where do I want to live? How do I want to behave in certain situations? You will be more likely to see yourself as a success in your mind's eye. Everything that ever was or ever will be was created in someone's mind first. So if you cannot hold the vision of what you want, you probably will not succeed. In this vision you create, see yourself in it as the participator and not as a third party. Be aware of colors, smells, textures, surroundings, and other people. It has to be real for you. Replay your vision often.
#2 Writing your goals down is the second step towards success. Often people who write their goals down don't write accomplishable goals down. They write down ideas or wishes, but not goals. By starting with your vision, you need to state on paper what it is you want first. Recreate the vision on paper if that helps. The best place for this kind of writing is in a personal journal, or in something that you will return to throughout the year. Next, ask yourself what you need to DO in order to get there. This is the important part. You need to break down your goals into manageable realistic steps. If I want to finish reading a 1000 page book, figure out how much time you have to read each month. Divide the book up into 12 sections, and write a goal for each month. Then you can divide that down into weeks and even days. You know you need to read 84 pages a month, about 20 pages a week and around 3 pages a day. Now you know what you need to DO in order to accomplish the goal. Write that down as your short term goal. It is a doable goal, it isn't as daunting as looking at a goal to read this huge 1000 page book. If you get behind, you know how much you need to read in order to catch up. Perhaps you want the book read in 3 months time. You still need to work backwards until you come to the daily or weekly thing you must DO. Moving ahead of the pace you've set is great! If you have more time, go for it!
#3 Don't overload yourself. Another mistake we get into is trying to make too many changes at once. Make your list of goals you want to accomplish, choose 2 -3 that are high priority, and envision those. Because you wrote the others down, don't be surprised if you actually accomplish those too. Writing down goals jumps starts the subconscious which is the real captain of our ship. We will begin doing things to accomplish those goals because our subconscious mind has been charged to do them. It's a great thing. So don't fret about those goals being left behind. Focus on 2-3 high priority goals and continue the process of visualization and writing until you have something concrete to DO. When you have succeeded, get out your other goals and begin the process again with them.
January is a great time to reflect, to appreciate, to resolve, to initiate change. So, take the time. Play the movies of you often. Write your own script, and become the best you can be. Live to your full potential by accomplishing your New Year's Resolutions.