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The Best Use For Awareness Bands

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The Best Use For Awareness Bands

Awareness bracelets have been around since the mid 2000s. They are the silicone bracelets that are linked to organizations or causes that the wearer supports. The most recognizable of these would be the Livestrong bracelets. I personally wear my own awareness band that has the word BECOME on it. I use it as a reminder to myself more than anything to keep me focused on my goals. What do I want to become? Am I becoming the best version of myself? It helps me be conscious of my mindset, my actions, and ambitions. While listening to the Tim Ferriss Podcast I was introduced to a self development exercise that I believe is the best use for the bracelets we wear everyday.

I’ve learned that one of the most valuable things I can do to increase my daily happiness is to be grateful. Being grateful means to be content with the things you have and avoid focusing on the things you don’t. I try to change my mindset when I’m heading to work. If I notice that my inner monologue is telling me that I hate my job, my bosses don’t understand how to manage effectively, or I dread being around a co-worker; I shift my thought process to what i’m grateful for. This job I have is paying my bills, I enjoy it more than my previous jobs, I’m making more money, and I’m can be active when I’m there.

I would consider cynicism the opposite of gratefulness. Cynicism is having an attitude of selfishness. This can be seen in people’s attitudes when everything that happens in their day has  a direct impact on them. Long line at the coffee stand?

CYNICAL

“Oh my god, I’m going to be late for work because all of these people are taking for ever. How hard is it to make coffee?”

GRATEFUL

“Man, it must be stressful for these baristas trying to make coffee for all of these people. I’m sure they are getting a lot of attitude from the impatient customers.”

Cynicism is what we need to focus on avoiding and gratefulness is what we are striving for. Late Night TV host Conan O’Brien had a great quote when he left the show amidst some controversy:

 

“Please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism – it’s my least favorite quality, and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”

 

This is one of my favorite quotes. I’ve never seen a successful or happy person that doesn’t live a lifeof gratefulness.  It can be difficult to be conscious of your mindset and that’s where the awareness bands come into play.


The Grateful Week

Mission:

Begin a journey of gratefulness.

How to track it:

If you feel like you’re having a bad day or a bad attitude and it weighs on you to the point where you can’t shake it, take the band and put it on your opposite wrist. Once you switch your band, it stays there for the rest of the day. This doesn’t mean you failed. It will bring your attention to your band and remind you to change your mental attitude for the day.

Result:

The goal is go the whole week without transferring the band.


 

Don’t get discouraged if you fall asleep with your band on the wrong wrist at night. Like most things in life, this is a process. It takes time and effort to change the way you think about things. Start by teaching yourself how to be aware and conscious of when and why you are having negative thoughts. Having that awareness is the first step in creating a habit of positive, grateful thinking.

 

 

Tanner LaBelle
Tanner LaBelle

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