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Learning How To Hit The Reset Button Through Gratitude

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Experience

People have often come to me over the years looking for a new way to see a set of problems or for new ideas on how to solve a particular issue. I love when this happens because I am great at solving problems, coming up with new ideas, and I get a tremens amount of joy from listening to the stories of other people. I especially love being a part of any story where obstacles and fears are overcome.

Believe it or not one of the greatest needs I see in solving problems is the need for hitting the reset button. And because I’ve needed this myself, I decided I would share my process on how I’ve learned to do it.

First of all, hitting the reset button on any given problem, circumstance or conflict doesn’t happen automatically by a simple 3 pronged approach. Life and it’s hurdles are far too dynamic and complex for that. But what I have learned through some very hard providences and difficult lessons is that by taking this initial step, many times the necessary shift is created, leading me to a fundamental reset.

This initial step I’m referring to begins and ends with gratitude.

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I love what Einstein says about gratitude,

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” -Einstein

Isn’t that true? We can either act like we have all the power and can control everything or we can find rest through gratitude.

Now when times are tough, conflicts are intense, and life seems overwhelming, getting to a genuine place of gratitude can be a challenging feat in and of itself, but luckily there is a short cut. It’s called a gratitude list.

I have written gratitude lists time and time again over the years and each and every time I ended up in a much better place then when I started. Here is the list I needed to write out last week:

  1. I’m grateful for my family, I don’t deserve to be loved as well as I am by them.
  2. I’m grateful to have a roof over my head, too many people in the world are struggling and currently do not have the safety and security that I do.
  3. I’m grateful to have a job. Even if it’s not perfect and even if it requires I occasionally preserver through the mundane, I know far too well what it feels like to not have one, so therefore I’m grateful I do.
  4. I’m grateful my kids are not going hungry at night. This is a blessing.
  5. I’m grateful to be have several people I could call at a moments notice and they would answer and remind me of who I really am.
  6. I’m grateful that I can call any one of those people and they would also remind me that I’m out of touch, and missing the point.
  7. I’m grateful that I can feel, and am in touch with my emotions. I’m present.
  8. I’m grateful that I’m healthy and have access to the basic necessities of life.
  9. I’m grateful that I live in the United States.
  10. I’m grateful that I am today, one step farther down the road then I was yesterday.

Now I’m not a big self help advocate, quite the opposite actually, but I have to give props where props are due. And in this case I have to give some props to the king of self help himself, Tony Robbins. He famously says, “When you are grateful, fear disappears, and abundance appears.”

The simple fact is that when we change the story we’re telling ourselves, we change our world. That’s the power of gratitude! [you can tweet that if you like]

Here’s some thoughts for you:

First of all, what are some things on your gratitude list? 

How can hitting the reset button with gratitude impact the way you engage and connect with those around you?

Lastly, what are some of your tips on hitting the reset button in life?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Josh Collins is a Communicator and Experience Architect who lives in Franklin, Tn. His passion is to create awesome experiences that change the way we engage audiences and help you do the same.
  • http://www.wordsofjoy75.blogspot.co.uk/ Joy Lenton

    You have hit on the key of joyful living here, Josh. Once we stop and reflect on the good things in our life that we are grateful for, it resets our attention to the positive and helps us to avoid negative comparisons. For there will always be something we can be thankful for, even if it can take a bit of searching out at times! I am with you on points 1 – 7 on your list. However, (though I never though I’d hear myself say it), I am also grateful in many ways for living with a chronic illness as without it I might easily leave God on the margins of my life and go my own sweet way, trusting in my own abilities. As it is, I am so dependent on His grace and strength on a daily basis that I really appreciate the neediness which drives me to His side. Strange but true.

    • http://thejoshcollins.com/ Josh Collins

      Leaving God on the margins… wow! Thanks for sharing your heart here! Beautiful stuff!

Posted on: May 13, 2013

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