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Practice Evening Acknowledgment

There's nothing better to pump up your sense of purpose than to recognize your daily progress. However, if you're like most people, you go to sleep focusing on all the things you didn't get done today — and all the mistakes you made. If the last thoughts you have before you drift off to sleep are about "lack" — what you didn't accomplish, what you didn't receive, or what went wrong — you won't awaken very inspired in the morning. Instead, try to get in the habit of going to sleep with positive thoughts dancing in your head.

  • Just before you go to sleep tonight, answer these four questions:
    1. In what moments today was I the person I aspire to be?
    2. What did I accomplish that was important to me?
    3. Where did I make a difference in someone's life?
    4. What pleasant surprises came my way?
Begin your practice of "Evening Acknowledgment" tonight, or try it right now about your day so far. Do it at noon and you will approach the rest of your day with the energy that comes from knowing that you are using your day in meaningful ways.
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A series of "quick-lifts" excerpted from Recharge in Minutes, ©2003, by Suzanne Zoglio, Ph.D.

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