Gratitude is something which we here a so much about, and is definitely a buzz word in the personal development circles. It’s not however something we hear too often in the peak performance coaching industry. It’s common knowledge that when we’re feeling good and we’re having fun that we perform at a higher level. When we’re stressed out or tense our bodies are flooded with an overload of cortisol and our performance dwindles.
Gratitude is one of the fastest ways to flow that I’ve found. Time and time again I’ve found that simply being grateful for what we have can induce a state of calm, joy, and centredness. When we’re calm, loose and centred we operate freely and can perform at a higher level in all areas.
There have been numerous studies conducted showcasing the mental and physical health benefits of having a gratitude practice. Some of the benefits include:
Even though gratitude has the capacity to put us instantly in an optimal state, there is often little instruction on how to go about practicing or cultivating gratitude. Gratitude is an emotion that we can cultivate at will by simply appreciating that which we have in our lives. Simply by acknowledging all that we have, from our physical motor skills, to our mental abilities, to our senses (touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing,) to all the experiences we have, to our family and friends, team mates, work colleagues all the way to our sense of being, our mind our spirit, nature, the air, water and the world at large. To the very fact that we are alive and experience of this. We can be grateful for it all simply by acknowledging it and focusing on these things.
When we are grateful for that which we have, we get more of it to be grateful for. With this in mind, it pays to be grateful for that which we have that we enjoy and is beneficial to us. As we cultivate this sense of gratitude, we begin to attract more of those things that we like into our life.
To take this a step further we can even be grateful for that which we’ve not yet got in our lives. We can envision our future goals, dreams, and targets and have gratitude for these things turning up in our lives. We can for instance envision ourselves winning gold at the upcoming olympics, and see ourselves training hard, and achieving world records, and putting in the work, and remaining in top shape, completing season after season injury free. And whilst we’re doing this we can be grateful for ALL of this happening and send forth gratitude for everything falling into place perfectly. It is in this way that we can utilize the power of intention and gratitude to achieve our goals and supercharge our ability to magnetise our realities to us.
Visualisation is powerful, visualisation combined with gratitude, combined with intentional energy cultivation is how we take visualisation to the next level!
Actions you can take right now to implement this idea
– Write down a list of ALL the things in your life you’re grateful for, include anything that you feel you may take for granted and anything that you appreciate
– Go through each of those items on the list and pause for a moment pondering how much you appreciate them, really tap into the sense of gratitude you feel for each item
– Write down a detailed description of target or goal of yours
– Now envision yourself completing your goal, and all the steps along the way, especially the part where you’re putting in the work and getting what needs to be, done! And send forth gratitude for everything working in your favour and for your own efforts paying off
– Make this a regular practice, envisioning your top goals every single day
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