I know, I know … it’s not even Christmas, and I’m writing about the new year. I can’t help myself! The days between Christmas and New Years Day are a magical time for me; I wrap all the memories of the past year into a treasure chest and get ready to jump and jive into the new year. This year I wanted you to come along for the ride, so I need to give you a little head’s up.
Each of those days I write 10-15 gratitudes in my journal. I write all the things I’m thankful for … the people I’ve loved, the places I’ve been and even the challenges I’ve faced. Each experience that I remember becomes a blessed little entry in my journal. And each little entry opens my heart wider and makes me feel lucky and loved.
I also write 10-15 acknowledgments for all the things I’ve done in the past year. I record every risk I take, every time I act with courage, every time I grow, every challenge I face and every new insight I have. I take the time to pat myself on the back for all the amazing things I’ve done this year … big or small. It helps me see my spirit and it boosts my confidence.
By the time January 1st rolls around, I’ve completed 100 gratitudes and 100 acknowledgments. The sweetness of the past 12 months is vibrating in my heart and soul, and I’m feeling ready to embrace the next 12 months. What a way to start!!
Now I have to give credit where credit is due. I did NOT come up with this idea. My teacher Rhonda Britten, founder of the Fearless Living Institute, introduced me to this exercise five years ago. If you want to learn more about her take on gratitudes and acknowledgments, check out her book “Fearless Living.” And I highly recommend following it up with another one of her books “Change your Life in 30 Days.”
To help you keep the spirit of gratitude rolling throughout 2011, “The Gratitude Project: 365 Days of Gratitude” is a great inspiration. Of course, I am biased about this one since I was one of the co-authors (check out my entry on Feb. 12).
What a holiday trifecta! Great books to start off a great new year. Yet none of these books is as important as YOUR journal (or computer file, or blog). Get going on your gratitudes and acknowledgments this week! I’ll be right by your side, jumping and jiving into the new year with you.