I will definitely agree with you that we live in a difficult continent with horrible poor governance, harsh economy, with unemployment ticking like a time bomb, poor parenting, broken families and you can name them. Thinking about all these, murmuring and complaining about them only take away your joy, happiness and positive mindset. All these harsh situations have made millions of young Africans not to see the good part of life or the good part of their family, community, career, nation and the continent.
In this article, I will be encouraging you to have a Gratitude Book (GB). GB will enable you to always write down at least 3 things, 5 things or 10 things that you are grateful for at the end of each day. This is very important because when you are able to notice what you can be grateful for, it increases your positivity towards life, your enthusiasm increases, you develop a new kind of determination and dedication for your dreams, you become attentive to what life has to offer instead of blocking your mind and heart with the difficult situations or bad moments.
When you have a GB, it makes you feel better about your life as a young person, you feel more optimistic about the rest of your years. Why should we keep journals for record bad events or sad moments which all of these will only add to our heartaches but instead keep GB? Being grateful to God about your life will result to more happiness, increased productivity.
As you read this article, decide now to have a GB, after reading this rush to the nearest shop buy a book and use it to write down a list of positive events at the close of a day. Plan to write in your GB every night for 5 or 10 minutes before bed. Write as many things as you want in your GB. Writing down 3 to 10 things that you are grateful for each day is a good number to aim for. Yesterday these are the things I wrote down in my GB it may act as an example for you
1. After work I had a meeting with one of my new mentees we have been communicating on WhatsApp.
2. I thanked God for the opportunity to start the new week
3. I was grateful for meeting a new friend on Sunday
4. I was grateful for meeting my cousins I have not seen for 2 years
Keeping a consistent GB help you to gain a new perspective of what is important to you and what you truly appreciate in your life. And this consequently helps you focus on what matters
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward
About the Author
Javnyuy Joybert is a Social Entrepreneur, Empowerment Coach, and a dynamic, prolific and strategic Entrepreneurship/Business Management Trainer/consultant and a personal efficiency strategist. He is focused, question asker, answer seeker, problem solver and purposeful young African. He is the Founder/CEO of The Center for Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Business Management Development (CELBMD) Africa – The Pan African Professional Center, Founder of WIKAJOBS, Founder, CELBMD Africa Mobile Micro Credit Scheme (CAMMICS). He is the Head of Njorku Career Centers, Country Director Consultant for C-Life, COO of Most Influential Young Cameroonians Initiative, YALI RLC Fellow and Consultant with several community base organizations, NGOs and SMEs across Africa. He has been nominated and has worn several local and international awards. He is the author of How to Confront The Limits (Living a More Impactul Life) – 2015, Living a Life of Divine Purpose – 2016, The Principal Things for African Young People – 2017, and Guide to Manifesting Purpose -2017. He has authored so many personal development articles that have been published on several blogs and online platforms across Africa reaching thousands of audience weekly. He has lectured Business Management courses in two private universities in Cameroon for 5 years (2012-2016), He is A World at School Global Youth Ambassador and has been featured on numerous publications across the world regarding his contributions to mother Africa.