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From Goals to Grateful: Concrete Tips on How to Hit Your Goals

It was just after middle school, or what was called junior high school, that my incredible mom sat me down and talked to me about setting goals. I did that. Together with my mom, I wrote down many goals, (at the time all related to school and music). Four years later, I graduated from High School and my mom showed me the original piece of paper which had my written goals. All of the goals were done.

At this point in my life, I thought you hit every goal you set… hahaaa!

Of course, as I traversed life on my journey, I experienced the setting of a goal which was not hit on the written deadline, or sometimes not at all. I learned what many of us have learned. Things like resetting your goals, the missing of a goal is just part of our journey forward, and other well known ideas related to goal setting.

That’s not what this blog is about.

This blog is about how to completely shift your perspective on how you think about goal setting.

It was my life long partner, my best friend, the love of my life who happens to be married to me, who sent me in this new direction. It was done with a gentle nudge. She said something like…

Have you thought about thinking on what you are grateful for and about?

Like most of us, I have been grateful before and have felt the feeling of someone else being grateful for me. However, the question was, had I intentionally thought about what I was grateful for?

Not here and there, but as a way of choosing my thoughts and impacting the kinds of actions I was going to take.

I had not done that before, so I began.

After having given this some thought, I went to my google goals doc, and I renamed the doc to my “Grateful List.” Since then, I’ve renamed it again. I’ll save that for another blog.

I changed the nature of my goals list. Instead of thinking of it from the perspective of things I was going to achieve, I started thinking of my goals as things I was already grateful for or was going to be grateful for. On this list, I included how I was feeling or going to feel about the grateful items.

It may seem like a small thing, and in a way it is. However, the impact it had on my mindset was life-changing.

I think I know why.

I went from chasing to serving and receiving.

There it is. Simple and I hope as profound for you as it has been for me.

Create a great experience for yourself.



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