To give context. I came across positive psychology about 9 years ago, as a 30 year old and discovered something I never knew. The discovery was, just like a skill in a sport resilience and happiness can be practiced. That knowledge alone was enough to delve in and learn more what this was all about.
I soon learnt that by intentionally practicing gratitude, kindness, empathy, positive reflection and serving others on a consistent basis, built my resilience muscle. Meaning, through practicing these skills, when challenging times came I found I was able to speed up my thinking and reframe things to see the issue from a more positive view a lot faster, than I had in the past.
Looking back, these were skills I wish I learnt as a child.
It was in January of 2014, I had this burning desire to make more of a difference in the world. It was then I made the decision to combine the skills I’d developed as a primary school teacher, with the skills I learnt to improve my ability to overcome challenges and adversity.
Fast forward to this week – start of October 2018, Growing With Gratitude has just been officially endorsed by the key Mental Health organisation in South Australia.
There is 2 reasons for sharing this.
It’s a proud moment we couldn’t hold in 🙂
Most importantly, the reason for sharing is to inspire people to just start an idea that you have you and if you have started DON’T GIVE UP. You just don’t know where the journey will take you.
GWG is no where near where we want it to be. It’s a long journey. But, if you’d told me 4 years and 9 months ago, GWG would be officially endorsed by the SA Mental Health Commission it would be only a dream.
Key Learnings since GWG started:
you cannot care what other people think
it’s not about you. It’s about serving others. Remove your ego
reframing is the most powerful skill a person can learn
you need to take ownership of everything you do
you need to be self-aware. Meaning if something is needs to change or isn’t working then you need to do something about it (ownership).
perspective and reframing are crucial. It’s perfectly fine to be disappointed, but this is where self-awareness kicks in
look past the 90 day excitement. Quite often we are motivated for the start of something new, but when it gets hard we can drop off.
no need to quit your job, straight away. Do something everyday, before work or after work that will help you to get where you want to.
you can’t do everything on your own. Partner with others and organisations
no body cares. Sounds harsh but, it’s entirely true. If, something doesn’t go my way or a set back occurs, the people around you maybe compassionate for a short time, but at the end of the day, they’ll be back to their lives and dealing with their own issues (ownership).
follow up. People are busy and you are not the only person in the world, you must follow up.
do what you say you’ll do. It’s incredible the number of people who say that will do something and then they don’t. If, you do what you say, you’ll stand out SO much.
develop the mentality you cannot rely on anyone. If, something comes through it’s a bonus.
conscious practice of gratitude, kindness, empathy, positive reflection and service. Make time to practice at least one of these things each day.
it’s hard, it’s a journey. But, it’s the best thing you’ll do.
if you get a no, who cares.
you may have to give up some things. There’s been times, where a $3 pack of frozen vegetables (did cook them) have been the staple diet.
Hopefully this story will inspire you to take action. It’s not easy, but it’s totally worth it.