One of my favorite podcasts is The Lively Show. Jess Lively’s get-right-to-it questioning and sit-back-and-listen interview style makes for great listen.
I learned about a wonderful daily practice from a recent interview she did with Alex Ikonn. I've been incorporating it into my daily routine and found it brings a freshness and vitality to my daily outlook unlike any other practice I've tried.
When Jess asked Alex about rituals he implemented to transform his troubled past into the life of a millionaire entrepreneur, he said the most important habit was instituting a gratitude mentality from the moment he woke each day.
The key, he says, is to name aloud the things you are grateful for—both the things you have and the things you want to have. When naming the things you want to have, speak of them as if you already have them. For example, one of mine would be—I’m so grateful for my beautiful motorcycle.
Alex says when he does this, especially during a morning walk, it sets a point of reference to work toward each day. Once you’ve expressed gratitude for the things you want to have, you focus on the steps necessary to make them a reality. It is a way of communicating to yourself what you want to achieve. Then, you get to work!
I loved this twist on both being grateful for the here and now, while also using gratitude to move our lives in the direction we wish to go.
Have you tried this before? I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this practice!