Pathway to Success Step 1 – Gratitude

This week I’m at the Association of Legal Administrators and I’m giving out Gratitude Journals.  You may be asking the question:  Why gratitude?

The Pathway to Success requires us to solve problems and innovate to get to our goals.  In all of the research that I have done I have found that people who have gratitude are able to solve problems easier.

For example, in Robert A. Emmons’s book “Thanks!” he relates various studies that show having gratitude has helped people be happier, healthier and smarter.  So if I can solve problems easier by being happier, healthier and smarter, then why not use gratitude to help me achieve my goals?

The key to gratitude is to be consistent.  I recommend writing three things you are grateful for each and every day.  I’ve done this for over 7 months now and I can truly say that I have been sick less, I’m happier, and I have been able to solve problems much easier.  As a side benefit I have a much easier time going to sleep.

All of these side effects of gratitude will help you as you pursue your goals. This is why gratitude is so important to the Pathway to Success.

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