Whenever we coach and speak about how to work Faith Positive in a negative world, the first core practice is the mental dynamic, i.e., the Perceive core practice. You discover how to focus on the positive God is doing at work and filter out the negative.
While there are many strategies we share to improve your focus on the positive, there is one we introduce by asking, “How well do you sleep? Does anyone ever wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep?”
The crowd murmurs “I sure do,” nodding heads and commiserating with each other.
And then just to aggravate matters a bit more, we ask, “Does anyone ever wake up more tired than you went to bed?”
By now, there’s an uprising of sleep-deprived participants, all clamoring for some help or at least some coffee.
At this time of year, it only gets worse. As if the daily grind of work wasn’t enough to keep your mind turned on all night long, now you have parties to plan and presents to purchase, and . . . the beat goes on, right?
One strategy we offer is what we call The Gratitude Diary. You want a pad of paper or book filled with blank pages and pen, or a tablet or smartphone, on your night stand. Each evening about ten minutes before you cut off the light to go to sleep, you write in it about three positive experiences you had that day. Three things that happened for which you can say, “God, I’m grateful for . . .”
As you write, you re-experience them, seeding your mind with these ways in which God blessed you. Your mind subconsciously works all night anyway, only now instead of problem-solving its way through your overwhelm and worry, it enjoys reliving positive encounters from the day.
You sleep soundly and awaken refreshed. Or, as David put it,
The wise counsel God gives when I’m awake is confirmed by my sleeping heart.
Try it for 21 nights and track how well your sleep improves. David is right. Sleeping hearts confirm the wise counsel—positive experiences—of the day.
Increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more even during the stress of this season. Gift yourself with sleep as you work Faith Positive in a negative world.
Dr. Joey Faucette