14 Nov Join our Brand New FREE Writing Challenge: 7 Ways and 7 Days to Get More Grateful!
I wrote a post 3 years ago about gratitude during a very trying time in my life. It quickly became one of the most popular posts on Live Your Legend. I can’t really say why, other than I think sharing a concept at the time, rather than in the aftermath, was almost a living breathing example of putting a practice into place. I had experienced a tragic loss just 2 months prior, but through that loss shared my thoughts about how how there is always something to be grateful for, even when life challenges you.
Now I am not saying there is anything wrong with feeling our natural human emotions. Pain serves a purpose in our lives, so running from it doesn’t do you any good, but neither does submitting to it…
The more we practice focusing on what we do have, even in the midst of what we don’t, the easier it is to manage the challenges that life hands us—and there’s no doubt that at some stage life will present a challenge! I think learning to be more grateful is a powerful practice because you develop a skill that you can then tap into when you need it most. It is easy to be grateful when all is good and well, but what about when things get hard?
Just like you want to be prepared with a coat when winter shows up, if you have developed the practice of finding appreciation, you are much better prepared to have that same response, even when difficult things come your way.
Which is why I am so excited to announce our brand new free writing challenge! We have a very popular Self-Discovery Writing Challenge that has over 10,000 writers, but today we are releasing (for the first time!) a new complementary writing challenge, this time with the specific focus of: creating an attitude of gratitude.
Here’s how it works:
Our job is to: Send the prompt.
Once you join, you will receive an email from us with a writing prompt each day for 7 days. We will cover the following topics and pepper in a few other best practices as well!
- Starting Small
- Looking Around
- Looking Within
- Bringing Awareness to what you Might be Missing
- Leveraging Language
- Putting it into Practice
- The Fail-Proof Question to ask to get Grateful Today and Everyday!
Your job is to: Write down your answers.
There are tremendous benefits that come with getting thoughts out of your head, and the act of pairing a physical action with a specific feeling is where we start to get into the science behind it all and develop physiological triggers and associations.
So, does that sound like a deal? If so, join us today!
Now why is this important?
Jotting down what you are grateful for may not feel like it makes a huge impact. It might seem like it just causes you to appreciate that moment more (which is, in fact, a big impact!) but as you make this a more regular part of your weekly, daily, or hourly routine, you’ll begin to notice changes in yourself, in your perspective and in your overall attitude.
And as with any habit, the more regularly you practice it, the sooner it becomes something that happens without you having to think about it. Appreciation and gratitude can begin to be your default response in place of fear, frustration or worry. How much better would that feel? How light and freeing would it be? And if things no longer ‘get to you’, what might you try and therefore be capable of accomplishing?
This is a simple habit, but when done repeatedly comes with huge results!
Because we are so excited about this program, (and are grateful if you are too!) we are going to be giving away a few free copies of the digital book we released earlier this year, Live Your Legend: The Essays of Scott Dinsmore.
It’s no longer for sale as we released it on a limited time offer while we get to work on making a physical version, so if you want to snag a copy, and and get more grateful in the process, join us today.
Note: We want those of you in the U.S. to enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday so this offer to be entered to win a free copy of Live Your Legend: The Essays of Scott Dinsmore will expire 12:00 midnight PST on Wednesday, November 21.
Here’s to getting more grateful today and everyday!
– Chelsea Dinsmore