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Gratitude: How To Give Back to Others and Celebrate Success

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Gratitude—Part of creating your legacy is setting goals and achieving them. But sometimes we forget to celebrate the win! This year, give back to others through the gift of encouragement, positive words, and celebrating their successes.

In my own family we begin the year with a vision board goal setting exercise for each member of the family. I buy blank white canvases from the art supply store and we spread out on the floor in the living room cutting images out of magazines, that represent each of our top 5 goals.

Mine usually look like this: faith, family, fitness, and finances. I create a goal for each category and keep it simple. Under family, for instance, my goal this past year was to be more affectionate, give more hugs, and create photo books of the family as love gifts. Photos and cards are simple ways to celebrate someone.

When the goals are achieved it's a feeling of accomplishment, and a great way to set the pattern for a successful life. Strong, successful, centered, and flourishing lives begin with the end in mind. But it's also important just to chill and celebrate a win. I'm one of those people who needs to relax a little more, set fewer goals, and learn how to be in the moment. If your child accomplishes something, take a moment for ice cream, or a milkshake at his favorite restaurant. Spend time face to face talking about the win.

Vic Pynn, the author of Anything is Possible! taught me this concept and If I had to admit it, I wasn't very good at it before. He says that when you celebrate a win, your body chemistry changes. Endorphins are released that create a lasting memory. This advice changed my perspective forever. How come I didn't think of it?

Sometimes we get so accustomed to getting what we want that we breeze past the win and move on to set the next goal. We want to knock down the dominoes. But it's hard to be in the moment if you are always looking at the next big thing.

Take time to have gratitude for what you've already done! What is it you achieved, but haven't yet patted yourself on the back for? And help others by appreciating their wins. Give back to the world by giving a simple hand written note to a neighbor, or a photo to a friend. Take time to notice when someone accomplishes something. This a great way to give back.

How do you give back to others through the gift of encouragement, positive words, and celebrating their successes?

Tammy Kling is a life coach, advocate for the homeless, and international author of 29 books including The Compass. Tammy is also the founderr of Write it Out, an organization that helps gang members, the homeless, and those living on the street write out their hopes & dreams via writers workshops, free journals and various other resources.

In addition to writing and coaching, Tammy is a mom of two boys, an avid trail and mountain runner, blogger, and adventure travel writer.

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I'm a book author, homeschool mom of boys, mountain runner and advocate for the homeless. Founder of Write it Out, a homeless recovery program that teaches writers workshops to the homeless and gang members, in order to focus on using the power of words to restore, recover, and rehabilitate. www.escapesuburbia.wordpress.com

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