I made it through another week and for that I am definitely grateful. One of the things that I believe to be a hugely important factor in our success and more importantly our happiness is the idea of being thankful for the great things, large and small, that happen in our lives. If you make gratitude a daily habit, it will make a really big difference in your life.

I had a big week, and for that I am hugely thankful. We got this website up and running, and I certainly need to thank Brock Boland and Tony Moreno for all of their hard work. We’ve been pounding away on it for months.

I am at the point where I am beginning my second round of edits on my full length book “10 Things We Should Teach You In High School, but Usually Don’t” and the feedback has been great. I want to thank all of the people who have read it or are still reading it, Ed Hokaj, Kara and Ryan Bowers, Joe Mineo, Betsy Durant, Steve Naramore, Mary Alice Rooks, and Mary Ertel. This group of people represent many different segments of my life and they are giving up their time for my project.

Finally, I need to thank my beautiful wife and great son, Linda and Adam, who have really supported me every step of the way on this new journey. I couldn’t do it without them.

See how easy it is to offer thanks to the people that you appreciate. And the great thing about gratitude is that it is a two-fold positive force. It makes you feel good by taking a minute to think about and recognize the great things that have happened in your life and it also makes the person on the receiving end feel good…..that, is a multiplier effect and can you think of anything better than multiplying a positive emotion? I cannot.

Take a minute every day to focus on the positive things that have happened in your life and see if you can’t multiply it by sending out a positive message or two, appreciating those positive things. Doesn’t matter how you do it – e-mail ,phone call, text, or social media message. Share your gratitude with those who help you and you will be amazed what happens when you change your thinking from dwelling on the negative to focusing on the positive.

Who or what are you grateful for today?

Five Great Habits to Create on the Road to Success

If you have ever met me, you know that I am a fan of habits. Ever since I started teaching Leadership skills to high school students, I have studied the powerful role that habits play in our daily lives. From the most mundane things, like brushing our teeth, to the more high impact things, like eating healthy, our habits are what push us in the direction of success or of failure. Continue reading