How to Kill Your Sulk in Under 60 Seconds

In Five Simple Gratitude Hacks to Inspire Your People I discussed why gratitude was important and how you could show gratitude often.

I have come back to the theme of gratitude for today’s article, as I’m sulking.

My day has been full of self doubt and comfort eating (pistachio and almond cookies, if you must know)

Not the type of message you want to hear from a blog focused on belief and taking action, huh?

In my normal routine I would spend the day planning, drafting and writing for your reading pleasure.

Today is more of a free writing exercise and I have forced myself to write something, to bring me out of my malaise.

Three months ago I took the decision to take a break from work and start what I guess has turned into a mini retirement.

My plan is always to go back to work (just in case you are reading this, Mr. Bank Manager). The last three months have allowed me to spend more time with my family, to write and pretty much please myself.

Kill your sulk

Today was different.

Today I missed the people I worked with – a lot.

And before my old work Colleagues mis-interpret the above, this is not the first time I have missed you!

Today is month end and in my old role the day would have been busy, perhaps stressful and laughter would have been guaranteed.

Today I missed the frenetic pace, the people I worked with and getting my teeth into a problem.

Now, I don’t want you feeling sorry for me, my low mood is a non- issue in the grand scheme of things.
There are people around the world with far bigger problems and in reality, I don’t have a problem.
I can choose my mood and in reality I’m choosing to feel this way.

Today has allowed me to reflect on what I’m grateful for and this is the purpose of this article.
We show our gratitude to others, but do we show gratitude to ourselves?

Do we take a moment to reflect, feel brilliant for what we have around us and be grateful?

My one simple technique to kill your sulk is this:

Write down three things I’m grateful for.

That’s it.

Nothing complex, nothing that takes a huge amount of time, just three things.
For most people it will take less than 60 seconds.

Kill Your Sulk

My three things:

  • The time I have been able to spend with my Daughter and Wife, as a result of my ‘mini-retirement.’
  • The fact I miss old friends is a result of some incredible shared experiences and success.
  • I’m the master of my own time and I can choose to do whatever I want with it.

In reality there will always be more to be grateful for, the above are the three most important to me today.

I plan to do this exercise daily and I encourage you to do the same.

Gaining some perspective can be great when we are feeling out of sorts and having a tough day.

It is never as bad as you think it is.It is time to kill your sulk.

There, I feel better now.

Believe and take action.

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