I’m in the habit of worrying. In fact, I’m a world class worrier. If there were an Olympic sport of worrying, I’d bring home the gold. I even worry in my sleep.
As I’ve been studying the law of attraction, I’m finding that this habit of worry prevents me from changing my life. It’s based on a mistaken idea that if I search the world for threats, I’ll see them coming and be able to keep myself safe.
I want to take the intense focus I apply to worry and turn it to more positive thoughts and emotions. I’ve had a lot of good results when I’ve deliberately changed my thoughts and emotions so that I feel good. If I focused on joy as intently as I have on worry, my life would be wonderful. That is my goal. I want to replace the habit of worry with the habit of joy.
I’ve recently encountered a new tool to help me change my habits of thought. It’s Pam Grout’s new book, Thank and Grow Rich. As the title indicates, it’s about gratitude, but also about other positive mental stances. It’s about love. It’s about creativity. It’s about being in the moment. It’s about all the ways of thinking and feeling that make life sweet.
Thank and Grow Rich is the kind of book I can turn to again and again, to get grounded and focused on what helps me in life. It contains lots of easy little exercises that she calls party games. It’s a handbook for generating positive habits of thought.
Lately, after reading Thank and Grow Rich, I’ve been making impromptu gratitude lists in my head. When I want to boost my mood, I just look around and name 5 things for which I’m grateful. It’s easy and effective.
In a twist on one of Pam Grout’s exercises, I’ve started a nightly gratitude journal. At the end of the day, I spend a few minutes writing 3 or more things I’m grateful for about the day. It keeps me focused in a happy way. I get excited about writing in the journal every night. Throughout the day, I’m alert to special moments to record. It’s a fun exercise and it keeps me appreciating the wealth of good in my life. It makes me happy.