A gratitude list is the perfect place to start when you want to set a new direction for your life. Before you jump into the goal setting process it is so important to stop and reflect on where you've been, what you are grateful for, and what you've accomplished in this past year. This post is the first in a 3-part series designed to help you to get organized this year.
A few weeks ago, I read an inspiring (and free!) ebook from Michael Hyatt titled “Achieve What Matters in 2017“. In it he questioned some well known high achievers as to what they do to set themselves up for success in the new year, and he found that their responses were very similar to one another. The first thing that they do is to spend some time reflecting on the current year. Tony Robbins was quoted in the book as saying how throughout the year he collects “accomplishments and magic moments” in a journal and then spends time reflecting on these at year-end before he moves forward into setting goals for the coming year. I love this idea! How many of us make “to do” lists every single day without ever stopping to celebrate what we actually accomplished and “got done”? (raises hand- HIGH!). That's why I created this gratitude list worksheet!
The second post in this series focuses on a goal setting worksheet which helps you to define your goals and set up an action plan to start you on your way to achieving them.The third post focuses on daily and weekly accountability towards these goals- because you have to actively work on daily goals and longer-term goals over time if you truly want to achieve them!
The 3 Sections of My Gratitude List Worksheet
What do you see as things you achieved or even helped others to achieve this year? Yes- it totally counts if you potty trained your toddler or taught your pre-schooler how to tie his shoes! And it also counts if you stuck to a personal goal, achieved a new level of performance in your job, or even just cleaned out a closet that had been driving you batty!
What warmed your heart this past year? What memories have you logged that just make you feel great about your life? I find that many of my magical moments are actually small things- like remembering a summer afternoon with my kids picking strawberries or thinking about how my daughter demonstrated so much confidence on her 5th grade graduation day!
And then there are the things that we just grateful for- the people in our lives, the possessions that bring us joy every day, and the things we believe in with all of our hearts. These aren't necessarily events or occasions- they are often the steady things in our life that we can count on but don't always remember to celebrate.
Ways to Jog Your Brain
It can be daunting to sit down with a blank piece of paper and try to think about what was great this past year. Some here are some ideas to get you started:
- Look through your camera roll- what events and moments did you capture?
- Glance over your calendar– what appointments / commitments did you have?
- Scroll through your own Facebook and Instagram pages– what did you share with others?
- Think through the different areas of your life– your personal life (things you do just for you), your family life (and the relationships in it), and your work life. What happened in each of these areas?
Want Your Own Printable Gratitude List?
Click here to download a copy of my free Gratitude List Template!
Do You Want to Get Organized This Year?
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I would love to hear what's on your gratitude list this year! Please leave a comment and let me know!