It’s been a tough couple of months, hasn’t it? The negativity in our news feeds and daily conversations is at an all-time high. There is a whole lot of fear and uncertainty swirling around. Our country is a hot mess of divisiveness at the moment.

It’s time to take a deep breath. This week seems like the perfect time. It’s Thanksgiving in America after all. It’s a week where we typically pause for at least 30 seconds to be grateful before plowing face first into a gigantic plate of turkey and pumpkin pie.

Personally, I think we need to throw the idea of gratitude out the window this year.

Instead, let’s focus on GREATitude.

GREATitude is different from gratitude. GREATitude forces you to think beyond just appreciating what you have to recognizing what you have that is truly GREAT. It’s like gratitude times ten. And we need it now more than ever.

The GREATitude Kickstarter

Years ago I created a simple tool called the GREATitude Kickstarter. It’s a simple series of prompts to help you remember what is extra special about the people, places, and events in your life. It’s very simple to do, and I guarantee it’s worth every minute you spend on it.

Many people have told me they print it and use it as a Thanksgiving Day activity with their family and friends, so I have made it an annual event to share it with my friends and followers every year during this week.

I’m including the entire activity here, but if you’d like a PDF that prints easily, then CLICK HERE.

Here’s how to use the GREATitude Kickstarter:

  1. Answer ALL of the prompts below.
  2. Name names. GREATitude is specific.
  3. Always include the why. What makes this great for YOU?
  4. Write it down. There’s power in putting pen to paper.

1 great person in my life:

1 great thing about my home:

1 great thing about my town/city:

1 great thing about my current work:

1 great gift/talent that I have:    

1 great experience I’ve had:

1 great & beautiful thing I’ve seen:

1 great opportunity I’ve been given:

1 great thing I’ve celebrated:

1 great childhood memory I have:

I hope you have a GREAT Thanksgiving. And I hope you’ll join me in focusing on something besides the craziness and negativity for a bit.


3 replies
  1. Mike
    Mike says:

    1 great experience I’ve had I owe in huge part to you, Mark. Not sure I would have found the confidence to give business a go on my own if it were not for your encouragement, coaching and mentorship. Regardless of the ultimate outcome of this path I know this is the direction I need to be heading in right now. I’ve already succeeded because I took a risk, believe in myself and my calling and am giving it my best. I am learning and being stretched every day. I’m becoming a better version of myself, and I pray that I am helping others to do the same. I am full of GREATitude for that which you have done for me. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Mark
      Mark says:

      Thanks, Mike. I’m flattered, happy, and wondering if you know the GREATitude flows both ways here. Proud of you and all of you’ve accomplished so far!

  2. Heather Hitchcock
    Heather Hitchcock says:

    WOW; this really hits home for me. In the midst of a season of challenges, it’s easy to overlook the awesome experiences and blessings that are equally present in everyday life. Yes, God has given me a life that is truly great, as all things work together for good. Thank you for the perspective check, Mark. May your thanksgiving be GREAT!


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