Mind & EmotionsGratitude - An Empowering Habit - Conscious Chirag

December 24, 2020by Chirag Garg0

Do you know what is more powerful than gratitude? It is the power of complaining. Yes, complaining is more, if not equally, powerful to gratitude. It can put you in a state of victimhood. It can handicap you mentally.
Once there was a rich man who was sitting in his luxury car. While waiting at the red light he looked at the helicopter flying above him and said to himself “only if I had that”. At the same stop, a middle-class man who was sitting in his decent car looked at the luxury car and said to himself “only if I had that”. Next to him was a man on his motorbike who looked at the car and said to himself “only if I had that”. Next to him was a boy on his cycle who looked at the motorbike and said to himself “only if I had that”. Next to him was a man in his wheelchair who looked at the boy and said to himself “only if I had legs”.
When I first saw this post, it shook me a bit. I pondered how ignorant we are of what we already have. This is mainly because we don’t practice gratitude on a daily basis. Individuals who are grateful for their legs are more likely to use them for their own as well as other’s good. Whereas, individuals who are always cribbing and complaining that why they don’t have enough of something are more likely to end up feeling like a victim in life and lose motivation to do anything gradually. Therefore, counting our blessings on a daily basis is extremely important.
I think it is the best way to start your day. Due to a lot of unconscious complaining, it might happen that a lot of us won’t even be able to find anything good in our life. We might say to ourselves that nothing good is happening in our lives. But, that is not true.
Our minds work in patterns. We tend to think along the same lines. If we wish to live in gratitude every moment of our lives, we have to consciously start changing the way our mind works slowly and gradually. According to Deborah Ancona, a professor of management and organizational studies at MIT, we, as human beings, develop neural pathways, and the more we use those neural pathways over years and years and years, they become very stuck and deeply embedded, moving into deeper portions of the brain and by the time we get to the age of 25, we just have so many existing pathways that our brain relies on, it’s hard to break free of them. Therefore, it is very important that children should be taught how to practice gratitude on a daily basis.
The great news is that with little and consistent effort, we can change the neural pathways. If we have created so many neural pathways unconsciously, it is quite possible that we can create new pathways consciously. One of the best ways to do so is to set up challenges for ourselves and repeating them continuously. The most recent significant study shows that it can take anywhere between 18 and 254 days to form a new habit–which averages to about 66 days. Therefore, we should challenge ourselves to practice gratitude every morning we wake up for the next 66 days. In the beginning, it might seem useless but, eventually, it will become a habit and you will be able to live life more joyfully, productively, and with a broader perspective. The probability of you succeeding in life will shoot up immensely and we never know you could start manifesting your ideal life pretty soon.
There are so many gratitude journals available online. I recommend you to buy one of them and start to practice gratitude.

Chirag Garg

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