Gratitude & Goal Creation


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

-Melody Beattie


Gratitude & Goal Creation

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I have a daily process for gratitude and goal creation.

It is a very simple yet powerful process that is enabling me to achieve exactly what I want with my life.

You already have everything that you need to do this, there is nothing that you don’t have and no reason to wait.

Gratitude is very powerful, putting gratitude to use on a daily basis through creating goals creates magical results.


My Gratitude Journalgratitude

Journaling has major benefits with respect to personal development.

I write in my journal daily and have for many years.

My gratitude and goal creation process is simply one part of that.

I take my journal with me almost everywhere for the following reasons:

  1. I write down ideas and thoughts as they occur to me. I used to think I would remember enough to write things down later but I found I was always missing some of the crucial details that made it such a good idea to begin with. I don’t leave it to chance any more, I take it with me everywhere.
  2. I write in it every morning. This is the best time of day for me. When I begin waking up, while still lying in bed, I put thoughts in my head about questions I want answers to. For me, this zombie, dream like state is very creative… Idle thinking kills my initiative, this mindfulness exercise produces business ideas, goals, blog posts and all kinds of content that I trust is in line with my purpose. By the time I fully awake, I have plenty to write down in my journal.
  3. I re-read my journal often. I am usually reading back over the last few days on a daily or weekly basis but once a month I go over my entire journal. I can see my own growth, I can see how ideas develop and this increases my creative process. It is like a long slow day workout for an athlete after weeks of intensive training, it just feels great!
  4. I write out problems or challenges that I am encountering. I find by doing so I only stick with the facts.  I remove emotion, remove negative thinking and stay away from identifying the problem as anything more than simply a circumstance. That’s all any problems are, circumstances. When you treat them as more than that, you give life to them, your mind plays this trick and you become your problems. Write out the facts, read through it, try my morning ritual, you will start to arrange your ideas in new ways… and become a problem solver.

My Daily Gratitude Processgratitude

I spend half an hour writing out gratitude statements for the people, places and things that I already have in my life.

The words that follow an ‘I Am’ statement carry an enormous amount of clarity and authority for the universe to co-create your existence.

I usually start like this:

I am grateful for my wife

I am grateful for my amazing children

I am grateful for this beautiful day…

You get the picture, I spend 30 minutes not just writing, but also feeling gratitude about everything that already exists in my life.

As I am being grateful for my wife, I picture her face, I vision us doing things together, going places, talking, I recreate her and each of these experiences in my mind using great detail…

I use all my senses and feel an overwhelming sense of love and peace.

I feel this gratitude with my senses, I see rich and vibrant colours, I smell the crisp, clean air, I feel her beauty…

Creating these experiences of gratitude for the people, places and things that I already have attracts more of it into my life.

Like attracts like.

We become the dominating thoughts of our minds; I choose my dominating thoughts to be about the life I am designing. I have found this to be the only productive task for my mind.

When I leave my mind idle, whatever is going on around me infiltrates my thinking. Negative news, sickness, gloom, doom, complainers, mindlessness, restlessness, unhappiness, stress, confusion… These are all a by products of the idle mind and can be extinguished with these mindfulness strategies.

By spending 30 minutes a day loading my mind with positive, intentional thoughts, I have found that when a negative thought starts to creep in. I catch it before it takes hold and push it out by replacing it with a positive thought about something that I am grateful for or have an intention for in my life.

It still doesn’t happen all the time, our mind has a powerful ability to play tricks, but I am getting better each day.

The good news is we can all get better with practice.

Use gratitude to create mindfulness for the things you already have in your life!


My Daily Goal Creation Process using Gratitude

I then spend 30 minutes on setting goals with a very similar process.

When you break what I am about to share with you down and really think about it, you may have a very real and genuine A’ha moment.

The intense act of feeling gratitude, warmth and love and attracting more of what you already have in your life is exactly the same for creating something you wish to have in your life.

Stop and really think on that.

When you really do it right, use all your senses, feel completely at peace and let your brain, mind, heart and body feel washed over with gratitude you begin to feel exactly the same way about something you wish to create in your life as you feel for something that you already have.

This is the level of faith and belief required to bring your goals into reality.

I am going to beat this to a pulp by going over it here, but I don’t care, repetition is the mother of all learning.

Think about two different ways of setting the same goal.

The trendy acronym for setting goals in the workplace is S.M.A.R.T.


I believe the only part of this that is valuable is SPECIFIC.

Intend with surgical precision exactly what you want down to the very last minuscule detail and begin writing with ‘I AM’ statements and conjuring up the images of your heart in your mind.

I am riding a motorcycle throughout South America. I see the densest dark jungles. I see crystal blue ocean and smell the humid tropical air. My hands are vibrating, the engine drowning out the sounds of nature, I look over at my son riding along beside me and feel the warm smile of his twinkling blue eyes. It feels amazing to be living the life of my dreams, it feels amazing to experience raw adventure every day, travelling, camping, surfing, exploring. New sights, the intense pleasure of experiencing so many things for the first time. I feel amazing, I love my life, I love myself. My name is Mike Martens, I am a passionate man and my life is about having it all.

I don’t agree with Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time bound when it comes to designing my goals for life.

These things are all very helpful when it comes to setting goals for doing or experiencing things that you have already done.


When it comes to creating a purely magical life, these attributes become restricting, confining and limiting.

If you want to have something that you have never had, an experience, a place, a business, a job, a person… you are going to have to do something that you have never done.

If you have never done a thing, how can it possibly be realistic, attainable, measurable and least of all time-bound for you?

The great ‘I AM’ statements summon the creator of the universe, the source, God to co-create with you all the dreams, desires and impulses of your heart.

Those deep feelings of things to do, places to go, ideas to chase, businesses to start…

The ones that pull at your heart and somehow feel so right but rational logic urges you to set aside.

Those are seeds of greatness that lead to your purpose.

Planted by God, the source, the universe  to move you towards doing what you were meant to do.

Feel the weight and power of these internal goals.

Bask in a warmth of love, peace and gratitude with a vision for these things having already come true in your life.

See them as having occurred, be grateful for them in the same way you are grateful for all that you already have.

Experience the reality of the goals having already been achieved with all of your senses.

This is your life to live.

Dream big and take action so that you may receive all that has been created for you.

You already have all you need to receive these things.

They were given to you before you even thought to ask.

Now write your goals and feel gratitude!

I AM …


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9 Responses to Gratitude & Goal Creation

  1. Chris March 20, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    Hey Mike,

    I do a similar gratitude exercise each morning as well. When I’m in the shower I go over in my mind everything I’m grateful for, even on the most basic level. For the air I breathe, the hot water in the shower, ability to see and smell, etc. and then I go into things like health, friends, family, pets, etc.

    Having an attitude of gratitude really goes a long way! I really believe in the law of attraction as well and that like attracts like. Great post and looking forward to future interactions!

    • Mike March 20, 2014 at 8:08 am #

      That’s a great gratitude exercise Chris.

      Starting the day off with gratitude sets the tone for everything you are inviting into your life, I certainly agree.

  2. Bill Gates March 20, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    Awesome post, Mike!
    I am grateful to have been introduced to this post because it has helped to re-shift my thinking and brain to get out there, share the law of attraction mindset with everything and everyone.

    Cannot wait to read more, Mike!

    • Mike March 20, 2014 at 10:06 am #

      Thanks Bill, I believe mindset is everything.

      I used to think a lot of things happened to me and I felt like I was living a very reactionary life…

      Since changing my mindset and becoming grateful for all things that happen FOR me, my entire life has changed.

      I am glad you enjoyed the article.

  3. ourpeacefulfamily March 21, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

    Being grateful every morning for the opportunity to be alive is something most people do not do. As such, they are very likely to not appreciate the little things life has to offer. I am always grateful for myself, my wife, and family first thing in the money. It’s always been the best way for me to start my day. I enjoyed your article. keep writing them.

    • Mike April 3, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

      That is the best way to start the day for sure! Being grateful for all the people in our life and all of lifes experiences, good and bad is what opens us up to receive more!

  4. Crystal ~ Fine Art Mom March 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    Wow! Great post! Gratitude is so important and unless we take the time to acknowledge it, it’s easy to go on and not take the time to appreciate. Every night when I put my daughter to bed I ask her what she is thankful for and we share our gratitude with each other before we say good night. It’s a perfect way to bond in an appreciative way. I agree that attitude/mindset is everything and I hope to instill an attitude of gratitude with my daughter!

    • Mike March 25, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

      Crystal I love that you are sharing gratitude with your daughter at bedtime!

      I don’t think there is a better way to manifest the things we are grateful for in our lives, than by putting it with intention into our minds as we drift off to sleep.

      Thanks for the comments!

  5. Crystal ~ Fine Art Mom March 23, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    Wow – great article. Being appreciative and grateful is so important. Having an attitude of gratitude is a lesson for everyone, especially our kids. I spend time every night when putting my daughter to bed talking about what we’re thankful for. Mindset is everything and when things aren’t the way we’d like, taking time to be in a place of gratitude and appreciating what we do have puts things in perspective.

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