Gratitude the Basis for My Goals

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Gratitude the Basis for My Goals

I have written about a half dozen blogs so far this month relating to gratitude.  

I think I will write a different one for Sally Cheeseman’s contest since  I think she is looking for a different spin on the topic here.  

Gratitude is a feeling, an attitude, an appreciation, overall a feeling of thankfulness for the things, people and attributes in our lives.  

I have a lot to be thankful for in my life, a great wife, great kids, several businesses, and so much more.

When it all comes down to it, I realize that all of these things that I am grateful for are gifts from God.

It is great to know that whatever I do, wherever I go, God is always walking with me, guiding me, protecting me, leading me in ways that He knows will make my life better, and hopefully the lives of those around me better as well.


Years ago, I learned from Hyrum Smith, the creator of the Franklin Planner system, that for a goal to be successful it must be congruent with our values.  

So the logical first step in creating our goals for the next year most always start with an examination of our values.  

In examining what we are grateful for will often reveal the values in our lives that are most important.  

As I prepare to develop my goals each year, it is important for me to reflect upon the things I am thankful for and what’s most valuable to me.  

My goals must then lead towards things that are congruent with my values, enhance my values, and will in a sense lead to more things I am grateful for. 


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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Bob. It is easy to forget about all that we are grateful for. We can get caught up in the small stuff and forget about what is really important.

Make it a great week!

Nov 30, 2014 05:22 PM #1
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

You are blessed but very grateful for all your blessings too, so nice to see someone like that!

Nov 30, 2014 10:45 PM #2
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Bob,

Love the wedding picture and you have a lot to be grateful for. Happy Holidays and may 2015 bring you even greater success.

Dec 01, 2014 01:01 AM #3
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Bob, Good post about gratitude and goals.  So important as you say to be sure our goals are in tune with who we are as individuals so we can ensure we can attain our goals with happiness.

Have a wonderful holiday season and all the best in 2015!


Dec 01, 2014 01:54 AM #4
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 Well said, God does bless us and he does gives all the things I am grateful for like you we have many to choose from so we are indeed blessed!

Dec 01, 2014 07:01 AM #5
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Bob, You're so right to give God the credit for all the things in our lives, and it certainly starts with family, friends, then business.  We can accomplish more when our values and focus is God, Family, and Business, in that order.

Dec 01, 2014 09:42 AM #6
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I love your post, Bob. Your values come through loud and clear, and when you know what your values are, as you clearly do, setting goals is quite simple.

Dec 01, 2014 10:01 PM #7
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Bob~ Thanks for sharing that bit of wisdom from Hyrum Smith. When we align our business with our values, we have a perfect formula for success.

Dec 03, 2014 05:16 AM #8
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I think it is great that you take the time to work that "attitude of gratitude" into those annual goals Bob! 

Dec 03, 2014 07:48 AM #9
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Hi Bob... Love this photo of you two cuties... God Bless You Always...

Often I just thank God for the fact that I have eyes that can see... in the sixth grade I had the amazing experience of meeting Helen Keller... For days I walked around with my eyes closed and my hands over my ears... How much we all take for granted... 

Dec 15, 2014 04:49 AM #10
Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty

Bob, saw the link on Roy Kelley 's page and had to stop by and say thank you for always giving us something positive to write about here on AR.  

Wishing you and your family a blessed holiday season.

Dec 21, 2014 12:35 AM #11
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