Freelancers, entrepreneurs, digital nomads...
You (and me)!
January strikes hard for strivers like us who believe with enough work, this all could be a little better.
"I'm not a perfectionist; I'm particular," and the countdown to something bigger. The day you switch to full-time freelancing, or you hit that income goal, or you finally make it to that country everyone's been talking about.
My post on goal setting shows how important it is to set realistic goals. Dan Lok also has a potent video on expanding your comfort zone- doing things you've never done before to get the things you've never had before.
However, if you're not paying attention, you'll quickly get used to new experiences, accomplishments, and gains- a hedonic treadmill. Instead of feeling appreciative, you'll always have to set bigger goals just to avoid feeling empty.
Escapism never satisfies; gratitude is fundamental for enjoying life, work, and our goals
This is where gratitude comes in!
I'll tell you how to do it below. But first, visit moretothat.com's Travel is no Cure for the Mind, where Lawrence Yeo wonderfully explains the importance of gratitude with pictures, and how unfulfilling and empty your life could be without it.
Two BIG ways to practice gratitude
Each day, jot down 3 things that you are grateful for in a journal, calendar, or notepad. Seeking things to be thankful for expands your mind to thousands of things you should appreciate.
Even though some things come to mind quickly, get creative enough to avoid repeating yourself too often. If you're having a hard time, think about things you use everyday but rarely consider- clean water, deodorant (probably), your eyes and kidneys. Learn a little bit about the physiology of your beautiful, exquisite body.
It's healthy to embrace awful days. However, practice gratitude anyway, even if it takes thinking about how your day could get worse.
After a month or week, revisit all the things you've written you're grateful for. Leave a comment below if you're impressed!
Talk about it
Be the light! Get to know people around you by asking what they're thankful for. You'll brighten their day and have meaningful, positive conversation! These are good things to surround yourself with.