One Powerful New Year’s Writing Aspiration

For the past few days, I’ve heard a lot of voices saying, “I’m not really into new year’s resolutions” or “I’m not really a goal-setting person” or “I don’t make resolutions because they never last.” I guess I understand where they are coming from, but I’m the opposite.

I romanticize December 31.

It is my favorite day of the year. I get giddy over a fresh clean whiteboard and my new planner and new prayer journal. I buy brand new colored pens and markers and launch into color-coded plans for the new year. I love it.

For 2021, I have categorized my hopes and dreams for the new year into professional goals, financial goals, spiritual aspirations, and relational aspirations. I share most of these benchmarks with my family and with my mastermind circle, but some are personal and private. However, I’m excited to share one relational aspiration for the new year in this blog because it has to do with writing—and because I hope to encourage you to join me in this simple daily act of kindness.

For 2021, I am writing one thank-you note a day. I invite you to join me in sending one personalized note each day to someone who is invaluable to you. Consider clients, vendors, coworkers, friends, and loved ones. The list can be as endless as your gratitude.

It’s thoughtful, quick, and easy with TBA:

THANK them for the gift or service or gesture

State one specific BENEFIT you received

Tell them what you APPRECIATE about them

Use the TBA thank-you note writing formula to share your gratitude in the new year.


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