The more I am grateful the more energy I have tend to have.
Recently I have found myself having complaining thoughts. What was fascinating was discovering that my energy was low. I was always tired and it seemed as if there was never enough coffee for me. Even a nitro brew would only bring me a short pep.
Then I changed my focus from the complaints to being grateful and it was as if someone turned the light on. I had all the energy I needed. I was not exhausted physically but exhausted from pondering all the negativity. The more grateful the more I was able to do.
I have a morning ritual of a gratitude list and I go through that in my quiet time. I had gotten away from it a few weeks ago and the next thing I knew I was discouraged and feeling tired all the time. Now my energy is high and I find myself looking forward to the day. Below are some strategies you can implement for yourself.
- Make a gratitude list and each day thank God for the individuals, things, or whatever.
- Find something to look forward to in your day. It could be just coffee. Or something that you do enjoy about your job. Forget about the things you do not like to do and focus on what you enjoy. I get to do this thing. Rather than ‘Oh great, another meeting.’
- Redirect your Thoughts. When I have complaining thoughts I notice them and that is my cue to remind myself of how much I am blessed. A negative thought comes from somewhere deep in your heart. You do not need to berate yourself over it, just notice it and remind yourself.
- Understand Stress has it’s root in Fear. Stress much like fear is not real. Let that soak in. Stress is not manufactured by a situation or other people but by us. If I want to have less stress in my life then go back to the Gratitude list you made. Also ask yourself what is it that you are fearing? Is it stress about your job? Then what is it in the job that is stressing you? Most of the time my stress is from the fear that I am not going to be good enough. When I pin point it then I understand that I need to love myself because God already does.
Gratitude takes the focus off of a situation and reminds us how great life is. When you are tired remember what you are thankful for and say a prayer of thanksgiving. You will be surprised how the energy will naturally flow afterwards.