Practicing Gratitude is especially important with all the uncertainty that comes with COVID-19.
What is fear?
Fear is something we all feel as a natural response to physical danger.
But it can also be self-created, such as the fear of failure, of the dark, of being out of control, of being different.
We can find self-created fear in its acronym F.E.A.R:
It appears real, even though has no real substance, arising when we feel threatened or undermined, which makes us cling to the known and familiar. Such fear creates paranoia, worry, and apprehension.
This Fear is something from our psychology, so our minds can control it.
This Fear focuses on all the things that could go wrong, whereas gratitude focuses on all the things that have gone right; it is the opposite paradigm to fear.
Fear and gratitude can’t exist in the same frame of reference in your mind, so one way to control fear is practicing gratitude.
How do you go about Practicing Gratitude?
Take the current situation you find yourself in, you may not be able to do that work, but you can work on that.
What do I mean?
You may not be in work, which may be causing some fear, but you can be grateful for the time to work on your skills, knowledge or the processes within your business.
This small change of mindset can bring with it big changes in how you feel.
Fear helps us to gauge and react to possible danger, but it can prevent people from taking control of their situation, or not taking chances in business.
Achievement and fulfilment are based on growth and contribution.
- How can I learn more?
- Do more?
- Be more?
Contributing more to your family, colleagues or even strangers creates a greater sense of purpose and well being.
Look for the positives and be grateful for what you have, try not to dwell on what you don’t have or what you may be missing.
It could be precious time with family, or simply the time to devote to a personal goal or challenge.
Be thankful, be positive, control your thoughts and stay safe.