Franklin PlannerToday’s Word: ‘Groove’ as in… cutting a groove, setting a habit; as in how the Franklin Day Planner saved my life.

I’ll never forget sitting in the ballroom of a downtown Minneapolis hotel with my brand new Franklin Day Planner sitting in front of me. It was June 11, 1987, but it felt like December 25 every year. The daily pages, the teal/green Classic Original One-Page Monthly Calendar, the plastic Page Finder, the Roles and Goals Planning pages, the Forms, the Prioritized Daily Task List – all of it neatly organized in one beautiful leather binder.

Oh my. I got my life back.

But the real magic, of course, was in the Daily Planning and Solitude: 10 to 15 minutes at the end of each day to reflect back and look forward. A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, C1, etc. The trainer made a bold statement: “It takes 21 days to create a habit. If you stick with this for the next 21 days and practice the habits we’ve taught you, you’ll find a freedom that you’ve never known before; your life will change!”

He was right. 21 days later I was a new man with a new habit and a new life. Whew! So good!

The 5th thriving rhythm reminds us that we thrive as grateful people who practice gratitude as a spirited discipline, remembering with joy and thanksgiving that all we have is a gift of grace. It’s that “practicing gratitude as a spirited discipline” that I want you to think about.

Consider this: ideas lead to movements which lead to momentums which lead to practices which lead to habits which lead to transformation which creates thriving lives. 21 days! A groove. A habit. Think about your practices of gratitude that are actually leading to transformation in your life.

Let’s be intentional about practicing gratitude for the next 21 days and see what kind of groove we can get into!


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