We all have moments when we’re grateful and moments when we’re not. Peggy McColl, author and inspiration coach, is the one of the few people that I’ve come across who doesn’t just advocate having a gratitude journal but also an ungrateful journal. She puts it across as recognising what you appreciate and what you depreciate.
Virtually every life and inspiration coach will tell you the importance of being in a space of appreciation. When you’re in a grateful space, you recognise the good that is in your life and are able to approach your life and goals from a more positive viewpoint. Conversely, when you’re ungrateful, you place focus on what you don’t want in your life and put yourself into a negative space.
Recognising when you’re not in an appreciative space is as important as recognising your grateful moments. Your aim is to get to a point whereby you’re always in an appreciative space. If you did have two journals, the number of entries you make in the gratitude one should outnumber the number of entries you make in the other. If you haven’t been aware of your depreciation points before, at the start of this exercise, you may find that you’ve more things to be ungrateful for than grateful. Recognising this allows you to shift it.
Making a conscious effort to record more gratitude moments than ungratitude will help you shift yourself into a better space without having to first change your situation or environment. And once you’re in a more grateful space, you’re better able to spot opportunities that will keep you in that space, thus effortlessly adjusting your situation to suit you.
For a quick way to find the gratitude in a moment, person or situation that you’re convinced you can be grateful for, take a look at my What’s Good About This? article.