This word has been ringing in my head for months. And I really didn’t know what exactly I should do with it so instead of keeping it, I decided to start here instead… better than nothing right?

Anyway, the meaning of this powerful 6-letter word and its synonyms got my attention.

Thrive: to grow or develop well

Synonyms: flourish, do well, healthy, developing

As I continued to ponder on the word, another word that rhymes similarly crossed my mind too. STRIVE!!! I began to ask myself the meaning of strive and if it was in any way related to THRIVE.

Just so we can get a better understanding as we journey on, here’s the definition of strive and a few of its synonyms.

Strive means; to make great efforts to achieve or obtain something

Synonyms: try hard, labor, struggle, toil and trust me, the list can go on and on.

Allow me to ask…..

1. How has your week been?

2. Are you able to jot down even just 3 things that you did well, learned, or achieved?

More often than not, we’re wired to think or reflect more on the areas that need improvement, mistakes made, targets that need to be made etc, instead of taking time to appreciate the wins no matter how little.

Truth be told, life isn’t always all roses and wine. Everyone regardless of background, young or old, experiences drought or difficult times. And this is where thriving and striving come in. Because we work so hard in trying to be or do better (which isn’t a bad thing don’t get me wrong but there’s a healthier way to go about it), we end up striving more than we thrive, and this contributes to a lot of frustration with work, careers, and to some extent creeps into families.

Why is it important to write down your wins?

I got most of these answers from research work done by psychologists and there could probably be more answers that can be added to this list. I hope these few points will be just as useful.

⁃ It allows you the chance to pinpoint exactly what worked so that you can repeat it in the future

⁃ It boosts your confidence, and your mind and Strengthens you

⁃ It positions you correctly as a winner and attracts more successes

⁃ According to research from Harvard Business School, people who tracked their small achievements every day enhanced their motivation. Adding that any accomplishment, no matter how small, releases the neurotransmitter dopamine which boosts your mood, motivation, and attention. It also signals you to keep doing the activity again and again.

⁃ It enables you to reflect and thank God because at that moment you’ll definitely realize that it can only be God, who carried you through… ME

Because there’s a shift in mindset, from complaining to rejoicing, timidity to grit, diffidence to confidence and from being deterrent to motivated, these are some recipes for a well cooked meal,THRIVING!

Permit me to lay my cards on the table so that I’m not caught not “practicing what I preach” : I tried it and here are my top 3 for the week:

1. I picked up my podcast again and will be recording today after almost a year.

2. I’ve been and still am learning about protecting my personal space.

3. started drafting a business idea I’ve had for yeeeears!

* and a bonus, I started writing again after 2 whole years.

So let’s do this exercise together, 3 things at the end of the week and you’ll be surprised at the amount of progress you’re actually making daily.

To seal it up!

3 John 2 AMP : 2 Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually]

It is God’s desire for us to THRIVE! So here’s to more THRIVING! And less STRIVING! ?

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