As we bid farewell to this year, let’s do so with gratitude!
In my first book, Lead the Way, I delve into how gratitude transforms from an action into an integral part of who we are. Despite the pervasive negativity around us, cultivating our gratitude muscle daily is akin to the discipline required for weight loss—it demands commitment.
When we make it a habit to exercise our gratitude muscle consistently, it grows stronger, more prominent, and others can’t help but notice the positive change. Gratitude becomes a fundamental aspect of our identity, not just a fleeting practice.
A friend once shared with me a purposeful approach to each new year, and it’s a potent strategy for tackling each day as well: A look back, a look up, and a look ahead. Looking back involves thankful reflection, looking up fosters a grateful perspective, and looking ahead cultivates gratitude for the future.
While being thankful for past events is natural, expressing gratitude for what’s yet to come adds a layer of faith to our lives. Faith operates on the belief in what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see—there’s no middle ground between faith and fear. Anticipating the future with gratitude enables us to approach each day like an Easter egg hunt, searching for hidden treasures and maintaining a playful and adventurous spirit.
In this mindset, there’s always something new to discover—new people to meet, challenges to overcome, possibilities to pursue, and doors to open. By fostering an open heart grateful for what lies ahead, we condition ourselves to seek the good in every situation.
Choose to look for the good, irrespective of your circumstances.
I often say, “If you look for the good, you’ll find it; it’s whether or not you’re looking for it!”
To help you embrace gratitude, consider a three-pronged framework:
- Look back in reflection: Create a mantra that encapsulates the positive aspects of your past.
- Look up in presence: Identify five positive outcomes from your current circumstances.
- Look ahead in anticipation: Develop monthly action steps that align with your future goals.
Incorporate this framework into your routine, and watch as gratitude becomes a guiding force in your life, shaping your perspective and fostering positive momentum.