Gratitude... it's used a lot at the moment, and this is my take on it.
This morning I'm tired, I don't normally set an alarm but right now I'm working 12 hour days and coaching for upto 8 hours... imagine what the players are feeling!!!! Now I could focus on this tiredness and let it tell me, this program is too tough, it 'shouldn't' be like this it 'should' do this, each time convincing myself the tiredness is a result of something out of my control..... (more on this later). This pattern of thought can only make me get angry, frustrated, 'helpless' and result in energy being used as I complain, but gratitude.... Helps turn things around, for example
1. I am tired but it is worth it for the work that is being done, I am greatful for the opportunity
2. I am tired but it is a short term problem I will be home in two weeks, I am greatful to return to a happy home with a living wife, that isn't the way many coaches here live and it isn't the way many of the young children they coach live, I am greatful for the chance to help them
3. I am tired but I am greatful for the chance to get to bed earlier (#takeaction #dosomethingdifferent
4. I am tired and not doing all my prep work for august.. I am greatful for the opportunity to learn effective time management
So gratitude to me is the effective wireing of my brain to see things in a positive way instead of dwelling on the negative. To be thankful of the learning opportunity and chance to take an action rather than being a fatalist and thinking I have no control.
I will leave you with a final comment "There is no good or bad, just your perception of the situation"
Do you use gratitude? How do you make it part of your day?