I am guilty of taking things for granted sometimes. Like my awesome husband, who I will be married to for 17 years as of Saturday. You know what they say, “Time flies…”
Given that we are celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S. today, I thought it might be fitting to talk about being thankful. Hopefully, we all do this more than once a year. Here is an exercise that you can put on your calendar as often as you want to remind yourself of what you’re thankful for.
Start by listing things that you want …. that you already have. Yes, this is not a typo. We tend to focus on the things that we want that we don’t have. We don’t typically think about things that we want that we are blessed with having already. So today, think about and list what you want that you already have. List as many as you can think of.
These are things you can be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Next list things that you want that you don’t have. Think about having those things — these are results that you can believe in today, starting right now and then imagine that you have them. Practice having them … in your mind. Take the actions you need to take between now and next Thanksgiving to have them. Now imagine how you will feel when you move them over to the first list. Practice this in your mind.
Before you know it, you will be feeling thankful for these next Thanksgiving and you can put something else on your list of things that you want and don’t yet have. If you do this each year, soon you will be living the life you’ve always dreamed of and will be hard pressed to find anything to put on the second list!
I’m thankful for all of you this Thanksgiving and I’m going to practice being thankful for many, many more of you next Thanksgiving.
I hope you have an amazing day with family or friends doing whatever you’re doing.
In 2000, Jill Wright was in debt and living paycheck to paycheck. Through focus and hard work, she paid off her debt and began building her savings. Over the years, she and her husband completely transformed their financial life and built a nest egg that allowed them to retire at ages 50 and 53.
God has blessed them generously. Jill heard God’s call to help other women repaint their own financial future and was eager to answer it. She left her corporate job and became a Financial Confidence Coach. Jill loves helping women give up shame around spending and money so that they can build a financial legacy they are proud of.
Jill volunteers in her community as a coordinator for Financial Peace University, serves on the boards of Barefoot Republic, Coach Approach and Day 7, and is a mentor for Leaving the Cocoon, a prison ministry for women.