Custom Header

How Practicing Gratitude Benefits High Performance

In High Performance Coaching we discuss several tools to help you master your psychology, which is to develop an unbound, intentional, positively engaged mind.  Accomplishing this will help you achieve high performance in the areas of clarity, courage, productivity and influence.  One very simple to implement tool you can begin using right now to help get you in a positive mindset is to practice gratitude.  The benefits of practicing gratitude extend beyond psychology and into influence and physiology as reported in this Forbes article: Here are 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate Your To Give Thanks Year-Round:

  1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships.
  2. Gratitude improves physical health.
  3. Gratitude improves psychological health.
  4. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces.
  5. Grateful people sleep better.
  6. Gratitude improves self-esteem.
  7. Gratitude increases mental strength.

So how do you begin?  Here’s one simple way you can begin to practice gratitude and begin gaining the benefits:  Before going to bed at night take a moment to reflect and write down 3 things you are grateful for (it does not matter if it is in a bound journal or on a post-it - just find something to write on and write it down!).  Upon awakening, revisit the 3 items of gratitude from the previous evening to help start your day off on a positive note, in gratitude.  That evening, repeat the practice all over again.  After doing this every day for a week, check in with yourself on how positive you feel as well as some of the other benefits mentioned in the Forbes article above.  Once you experience the benefits, this is a practice you’ll want to do for the rest of your life.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
— Epicurus
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.
— Meister Eckhart
Resentment and gratitude cannot coexist, since resentment blocks the perception and experience of life as a gift. My resentment tells me that I don’t receive what I deserve. It always manifests itself in envy.
— Henri J.M. Nouwen
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson