Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving Day here in the United States.
Thanksgiving Day has been celebrated nationally in the US since 1789, and it originally observed as a day of shared gratitude for the blessing of the harvest.
However, I am thankful for EVERY DAY, and I express this each morning through a writing practice that follows a specific six-part recipe.
Would you like to strengthen your self-confidence and focus? You can. Just follow this recipe.
Each morning, before you allow incoming emails and texts to take hold of your attention, take out a pen and a journal. Neither needs to be fancy.
It’s must be the very first thing you do each day, although I do give myself Sundays off.
By starting each day focused on gratitude for what you already have, you’re setting a positive and productive tone for rest of your day, and opening your mind to how you can best create what you want.
Just follow this recipe.
- List three or more things, circumstances, or relationships, including aspects of yourself, that you are grateful for. Just the fact that you’re reading this post is evidence that you have many resources. Be grateful.
- State your gratitude for achieving your SMART goal, even though you may still be working towards accomplishing it. By repeatedly imagining achieving your goal, you’ll engage your subconscious mind, which can’t tell the difference between the present and future.
- List three accomplishments from the previous day, big or small, towards achieving your SMART goal.
- List three lessons you learned, big or small.
- List any insights you gained or positive shifts in your perspective.
- List at least three target tasks towards your SMART goal for the day ahead. Notice if you need to change your priorities. I list six prioritized daily tasks that support accomplishing my SMART goal.
My morning gratitude journal has created more satisfaction and growth in my life than anything else.
Does this sound like a lot of work?
This recipe will result in far less work and frustration.
It will also make you happier because what makes us happier is progress. This gives you a continuous plan and measure of your progress.
How much less work? I would say that this practice has increased my productivity and ease ten fold.
I’ve studied Stephen Covey and a number of time management strategies, and this beats them all by a mile.
I’ve just given you my secret success recipe for Thanksgiving. Now it’s up to you to make it.
Try this for 30 days. Ask a friend to join you.
Promise each other to that you will keep each other accountable.
Then write me and tell my how your life has changed.