gratitudeWhen we ask ourselves where we can improve, the list often comes from our shortcomings: maybe we talk too much, waste too much time, or focus on low-priority things. So we think about improving by reversing the list: talk less, be more  productive, focus on high-priority things. Trying to fix these shortcomings works for a day or two, but then we usually revert to old behaviors. So instead of focusing on new habits, we can better set ourselves up for success by being intentional about our current behaviors. To do that, think about what you’re grateful for, the things you’re already doing that you enjoy: Spending time with family? Working on favorite projects? Planning the year ahead? Then focus on improving those things. You’re probably already living your life in ways you want to, at least some of the time. Letting a sense of gratitude guide your self-improvement will help you focus on what really matters to you, which will make achieving those things all the more satisfying.