Gratitude is often called the single most important personal-development concept. When you pause to remember all of the good things in your life, it puts you in a positive mood. People who live in a state of gratitude are generally happier and attract more good things. And isn't that a perfect way to transition to a new year? Here are some questions to help you live with gratitude as you reflect on your year gone by and plan for an even better 2009.
*Who has made a difference in your life this year? Identify each person and what they did or said that left a positive impact. Did you tell them you are thankful for what they did or said? Do so today!
*What memories do you cherish most about 2008? Write down your top three memories and three ways you can have more of the same in 2009.
*How did you nourish your body, mind and spirit in 2008? List two ways you took care of each and then list a third way you will do so in the year ahead.
*How did you spend your time this year? The majority of time you spend should be dedicated to your core values-whether that's your children, your spouse, your new business or your physical fitness. Ask yourself if you devoted most of your time to the things that matter to you most. If not, write a plan of change for next year.
*What are your unique interests, talents and gifts? Be grateful for your strengths and passions and then ask yourself: Are you using them when Monday rolls around? You should be! Make sure you love what you do.
*Name seven new things you learned about you in the last year. How can you use these new revelations to take better control of your life in 2009?
Be happy in the New Year.