Why I keep a business gratitude journal

Do you keep a gratitude journal? Do you love them or not see the point at all?

I definitely fall into the former category, so today I thought I’d share why I find writing in a business gratitude journal helpful for my business and my own well being.

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Writing a list (yes I’m a list person in case you hadn’t gathered) in a dedicated notebook, of all the things I’m grateful for in business helps me:

  • Remain positive and motivated

  • Stay in the present moment instead of stressing about the past or future

  • Manifest more things I’m grateful for in business

  • Appreciate my journey

 

Being grateful stops the ‘grass is greener’ mentality.

For me, when I regularly note down all the things that I’m proud of achieving in business (and personally) I find I’m more content with my lot.

I stop gazing over at someone else’s patch thinking, I wish my business was as successful as hers, I wish my social media engagement was as great as Problogger, I wish I made more money.

 

Being grateful helps me stay in the present moment.

Often I get caught up worrying about the future, or worrying that I haven’t put enough effort in to attract more of my ideal business clients.

When I stop and write down all the things I have done and I am grateful for, I start to realise that conscious business success is a journey. And as long as I’m putting one foot in front of the other heading in the right direction, good things will come.

Physically writing achievements down, and ‘pausing for applause’ helps me realise just how much I achieve on a regular basis.

 

Like attracts like.

I find that when I’m in a regular habit of writing down all the things I am grateful for manifesting in business so far, more amazing opportunities present themselves.

Whether you believe in the law of attraction or not, this is an extremely powerful result that I experience whenever I stop to be thankful for what I have. Staying positive, rather than focusing on what I don’t have, attracts more positive experiences in my business journey.

 

Written notes give me a fantastic appreciation of my business journey.

Any time I’m feeling a little lost, lacking motivation, or keen to get in touch with my inner purpose again I often flick back through the numerous notebooks I’ve scribbled in over the years.

Tips I’ve learned from professional development workshops, great ideas from inspirational books that I’ve scribbled down, and my own observations about businesses I’ve come to love and respect all re-engage my passion for what I do in business.

 

Just like regular exercise helps keep my physical health in check, I find keeping a gratitude journal for business (and personal) helps keep my mental and emotional well being in check.

Similar to physical activity the benefits are cumulative. The more I do it, the better I feel. When I stop writing in my gratitude journals, I find that I don’t really notice any real change to my well being… until a few weeks later. Then all of a sudden I hit a wall, or I’m stuck in a funk and I wonder, how did I get here?

Out comes my gratitude journals and I spew everything out of my mind and onto paper. Almost immediately the weight on my shoulders seems to lighten slightly. But it takes discipline, because the real benefits are when I practise being grateful on a regular basis.

 

How about you? Do you have a gratitude journal? If so, why do you have one?

 

16 thoughts on “Why I keep a business gratitude journal

  1. Kylah, what an AWESOME idea. I’d never even considered doing this. I am going to go out and buy myself the most beautiful, sparkliest journal I’ve ever laid eyes on and turn it into my business gratitude journal. Thank you for a great blog post. 🙂
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    1. Glad to hear it Lorraine! Writing in a beautiful journal is awesome! Enjoy it. I get a bit lazy with paper and pen, so ‘The Gratitude Journal’ app on my phone right before I go to bed works a treat if I’ve forgotten to put pen to paper, but I do love it more when I get into a good habit of writing in the same journal each time 🙂

    1. Glad to hear it is something you can potentially see value in. Give it a go. It’s not for everyone, but if it works for you, you’ll love it Carol! 🙂

  2. Thanks for an awesome insight Kylah, I think this is something I might have to start, might get me on the track I want to head.

    1. Haha! Assuming I was in a good habit, I would usually lump my business and personal into one list (on the app ‘The Gratitude Journal’) and write things like:
      I’m grateful for:
      – Doing my cash flow forecast today
      – My net income starting to take a positive trend, even though it is still in the red
      – The big contract I’ll get in May (Note: this is a manifesting technique where I’m visualising winning the contract)
      – Taking a proper break for lunch
      – Not doing the dishes on a ‘work day’ while my son is at daycare
      – Following up on the email I was putting off
      – Sorting out the maintenance issue at playgroup with a simple phone call
      – Writing for 10 mins this morning before jumping on facebook
      – A gorgeous cheeky boy who is hard work, but so cute!
      – A loving and supportive partner who is keen to get out camping this weekend as a family
      etc.

      That would be a list I’d write for my day yesterday. If I’m not in the mood sometimes I’d just write a couple of things, other days I’d get on a roll!

      I try to put everything in a positive light, so if I read back I get an idea that things weren’t rosy if I’d had a crap day, but at least I saw the positive.

      ‘The Gratitude Journal’ app is good because it lets you rate your day out of 5 stars and you can also attach an image too which is cool 🙂

    1. Ha! You may have been one of the people who went through my mind when I made the comment about people loving or hating gratitude journals 😉 I’m impressed this post has prompted the idea to ask your staff for one thing they are grateful for in business. What a great way to build moral too! Love it Kelly.

  3. I love the idea of this but I never get around to doing it. I’ve made a new practice though to think about what I’m grateful for whenever we get a foot massage on our travels (which, let’s face it, is a couple of times a month!) It’s a relaxing time so it’s easy to think nice thoughts. And I’m hopeful that remembering what I’m grateful for and combining it with a nice activity will really help it to sink in. There’s nothing like the written word though. When you write it out it seems so more REAL!
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    1. Sounds like a great way to practise gratitude Tracey, I love it! I definitely agree with you that writing things down seems to make them more real. I’ve been a bit slack recently thinking if I just think of things in the shower or periodically during the day it will be enough. Must get journalling again 🙂

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