On Goals & Gratitude

Yesterday we had our first session of the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Alumni Program. These are incredible women who have completed a year-long women’s leadership program and are continuing their leadership journey with a strong and enduring commitment to growth. They are genuinely some of the most remarkable women I’ve ever met.

The focus of our session yesterday was Goal Setting for a Life of Significance, and we explored what each woman hopes to accomplish this year. We concluded our conversation by discussing the intersection of goals and gratitude. The conversation brought to light this often-forgotten reality of goal setting; it can (and should) be an exercise in gratitude. Here’s what that looks like in my life:

  • I am grateful for the opportunity to have goals. My goals have helped me to learn and grow in more ways than I can count.
  • I am grateful for the energy and enthusiasm that comes from working toward my goals.
  • I am grateful for the people in my life who support and encourage me as I strive to achieve my goals.
  • I am grateful for the coaches and mentors who ask me tough questions about my goals and thus help me to clarify what I want to achieve and why.
  • I am grateful for all of the women who paved the way for me to set big goals and believe I can achieve them.
  • I am grateful for the goals I’ve already achieved, the goals I’m working toward now, and the goals that I will pursue in the future.
  • And I am even grateful for my failures and all of the lessons I’ve learned the hard way. Those experiences, though difficult and even painful at the time, have formed me in valuable ways and taught me lessons I will never forget.

Melody Beattie says that, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.” I agree 100%, and I would also take it a step further and say: Gratitude unlocks the fullness of your goals. It provides a lens through which you can see your potential.

As you work on setting goals in the days ahead, consider allowing the process to be an exercise in gratitude.

How do goals and gratitude intersect in your life?

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