Congratulations to my friend and colleague, Dianne Morr, who just published her new book, Choose Happy: 25 Happiness Habits to Transform Your Life. One of my favorite habits from her book is the Ta-Da List. Here’s why we all need our own cheering section:
I know you have a To Do list. We all make great plans for ourselves and set glorious goals. We have heard all the advice. “Plan your work. Work your plan.” “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” If we’re not careful, we can get discouraged when we look at those lists and plans at the end of the day, or the week, or the month.
Here is my advice for gaining some perspective on how you are really doing. Celebrate your accomplishments by writing a Ta-Da list. Write down all the things you accomplish whether it is on your To Do list or not.
Every day, important surprises happen. They are not in our plans but we have to deal with them anyway. As my favorite philosopher, John Lennon, said, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” Starting today give yourself credit for how well you are handling life as it presents itself to you. Be sure that your Ta-Da list includes all the things you did that weren’t on that To Do list or weekly plan, or quarterly goal sheet. Read your Ta-Da list out loud even if you are alone. Then take a bow and proclaim, “Ta-Da!”
Dianne Morr, Choose Happy: 25 Happiness Habits to Transform Your Life
Dianne is a fellow author and speaker who loves sharing her Happiness message with readers and audiences. You can learn more about Dianne and her book by visiting her website: DianneSpeaking.com.