You might not readily associate gratitude as a trait of a successful entrepreneur, but often it is a hidden superpower that we don’t use enough. Taking the time to look at where we are right now and express gratitude for it will help you become more present, happier, and content, and the elevated feelings that gratitude brings is also passed onto friends, family and colleagues. The ability to reflect on how far you’ve come, and to be thankful for everything that has happened to date, also helps founders solidify their journey so far and helps guide them on where to go next.
Tim Ferris, a super hustler and legendary entrepreneur, regularly practices gratitude in the form of journaling. On his blog, he distinguishes two different parts of our goals - ‘achievement’ and ‘appreciation’. Achievement is being able to get the things that we desire, whereas appreciation is our ability to get pleasure out of the things we get. It’s the difference between buying a Ferrari, and really enjoying the experience of driving a race car. In today’s image-driven world, we sometimes look at the car but forget about the experience behind the object.
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for”
- Zig Ziglar
Being able to experience gratitude is an important aspect of our lives, and should be practiced today, not in some distant future when we reach our goals. We should be grateful for what we have now, and for the opportunity to be able to work towards our goals. In every issue of Think Act Prosper Magazine, we offer our readers a monthly 1% better challenge. In our very first issue, our challenge came from November being Thanksgiving, a popular holiday in America. We have prepared 30 days of prompts for you to answer, spending 5 minutes every morning on being grateful for everything present in your lives. By the end of your 30 days, we guarantee you will be feeling happier, less stressed and more likely to progress further towards your goals. Studies have also shown that daily gratitude can also result in increased alertness, enthusiasm and energy, as well as creating deeper connections with friends and colleagues. Are you ready to get started on your gratitude journey and changing your outlook on life for the better?
The 30 days of gratitude challenge
Every morning for 30 days, carve out 5-10 minutes to focus on gratitude. We recommend getting a notebook and writing down the answers to our prompts, alongside your morning coffee, or before you switch on your phone and connect to the world. The aim is to feel your gratitude and to be aware of all the incredible things you have in your life right now.
Day 1 - Write down 5 things you are grateful for.
Day 2 - Think of the food you ate yesterday, or the beverage you are drinking now. Think about how they sustain your body, and how easy it is for you to get hold of them
Day 3 - Take a moment to consider your wealth. If you have savings, money in your pocket, access to credit then you are wealthier than half of the world’s population.
Day 4 - What are you grateful for today? What amazing things will you be lucky enough to experience today?
Day 5 - Think about your friends, and how they show up in your life, supporting you.
Day 6 - How about your family? Are you lucky enough to still have both parents? Are you lucky to have had parents at all?
Day 7 - Reach out and thank someone for their hard work today. Absolutely anybody that you are grateful for
Day 8 - Consider your education. Write down three things you are thankful for having access to, or having learned.
Day 9 - Think about all the people who have taken a chance on you in the past. Be thankful that they did.
Day 10- Write an email of gratitude to someone. Change their day for the better.
Day 11 - Say ‘thank you’ to people today. Everyone you come across, thank them for whatever they are doing.
Day 12 - Where do you come from? What have your grandparents gone through to give you the life you have now?
Day 13 - Post a picture on social media of something or someone you are grateful for. Share the gratitude and inspire others.
Day 14 - Donate something to charity or give it away for free. It can be any item that no longer serves you, but that you were lucky enough to be able to buy.
Day 15 - Look in the mirror and list all the things you are grateful about yourself. Start with your ability to see, hear, speak, walk. Be grateful for your quirks.
Day 16 - Consider your access to water, and if you have drinkable tap water how lucky you are.
Day 17 - Say thank you to someone online. Call them out and tell the online world how much you appreciate them.
Day 18 - Think about your business or job. Consider all the work you have put into building it, how others have helped you along the way, and who you can help in the future.
Day 19 - Compliment someone on a skill or strength that you admire. Tell someone what you like about them.
Day 20 - Look around. Consider how important the trees are to our health and wellbeing, and your ability to breath clean, fresh air.
Day 21 - Write an online review of a company you love. Use names if you know any employees who you think are doing a good job.
Day 22 - Be thankful for the day. Spend it saying only good things and try to only have positive thoughts. There is no use to complain today, use your words for good.
Day 23 - Buy someone a small gift, coffee or lunch.
Day 24 - Share a photo online of a moment you are grateful for. It can be the simplest picture, but it represents a moment you cherish
Day 25 - Spend 5 minutes meditating today. “The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.”― Thich Nhat Hanh
Day 26 - List 5 things that you are grateful for this month already.
Day 27 - Think about your health. Give gratitude to your body keeping you healthy.
Day 28 - Spend time with a loved one today. Call them, take them out for lunch, or even take a short walk with them.
Day 29 - Send an email or a handwritten letter of appreciation to someone. It could be a colleague, friend or family member.
Day 30 - Think of every day this month you found things to be grateful for - how lucky you are to have so many wonderful things in your life.
We would love to see your images this month, and also hear how your gratitude challenge is going, so tag #thinkactprosper, #TAPmag and #1percentbettergratitude on Instagram and share your gratitude images with us!
We are thankful for our readers and hope this challenge brings you more happiness and success into your lives.
Have a great month!