I want to encourage you to incorporate a Focused Gratitude Routine.

The reason this is incredibly valuable is because most entrepreneurs are naturally creative and energetic. These are amazing qualities on a good day. But the flip side (yes, pity… there is always a flip side) is that the entrepreneur brain can be a tad scattered, chaotic and un-strategic. And sometimes even exhausted and worn out!  So most entrepreneurs gain powerful momentum from:

  • Focusing only on major goals
  • Calming mental noise
  • Minimizing perfectionism and procrastination
  • Staying positive
  • Calming down

That is exactly why a Focused Gratitude Routine can help you!
It is important to recognize the power of daily routines and habits, and I love the concept of adding book ends to your day, so each day starts and ends well, regardless of what may happen during the course of the day.

Morning and evening routines, Success Magazine Editor Darren Hardy writes, are the “bookends” of a successful life because they make sure your priorities stay in focus. The important things like exercise in the morning and journaling at night get done.

How to incorporate this into your day

  1. Invest in a small, appealing journal that is used for nothing else.
  2. Pick a time that is quiet “you” time that you can honor each day. Early or late in the day is definitely best.
  3. Spend 10 minutes filling out each of these categories every day:
    – Gratitude – what are you feeling most grateful for?
    – Accomplishments – what have you accomplished today?
    – To do list – your “must do” big rock next day items.
    – Opportunities – the best $ opportunities you have available to you.
    – Appreciation – who are you especially appreciating right now.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often should I do this?
A: Daily

Q: How many items should I list in each category?
A: 3-5 items in each is plenty. No need to go crazy, you are trying to gain clarity and focus only on what is important.

Q: Must I focus only on work items? Can I include personal items?
A: Focus holistically. This is a tool to manage everything in your life.

Q: Which is the best time to do this? Morning or evening?
A: Do what works for you. My preference is at the end of a day because it helps me go to bed feeling productive and it helps me hit the ground knowing exactly what is important the next day.

Q: Why gratitude?
A: Studies show that gratitude not only can be deliberately cultivated, but increases levels of well-being and happiness among those who do cultivate it. In addition, grateful thinking – and especially expression of it to others – is associated with increased levels of energy, optimism, and empathy.

Q: What if I can’t see any opportunities?
A: Dig deeper! They are always there. This category has been the most powerful of all for me. Simply asking what my money-making opportunities are, makes me see things I have not seen before. This will keep you focused on your 90 day earnings forecast, and really change your earning power.

Bonus Practice

You can get even more benefit from this practice by adding a weekly routine where you summarize your accomplishments, breakthroughs and lessons learned for the week.
Hint: This is excellent content to share with your accountability partner at the end of each week too!

Sources, Reading Lists and Inspiration

i. I unashamedly and gratefully acquired this routine from Craig Ballantine, Editor of Early to Rise, www.earlytorise.com
ii. The concept of bookending your days came from the book The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy, Editor Success Magazine
iii. Why Living a Life of Gratitude Can Make You Happy http://zenhabits.net/why-living-a-life-of-gratitude-can-make-you-happy/
iv. http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/gratitude
v. Gratitude For this day in your life http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj2ofrX7jAk