Today's To-Do: Mail a handwritten note to one of your heroes.

This begins a new monthly series called Today's To-Do, a simple action you can take in less than ten minutes that will propel you forward toward meaningful progress in your life. These posts will be intentionally short (less than 300 words).

Keeping a gratitude journal is an important daily habit, but it's a discipline meant to shape your own perspective and cultivate thankfulness. Today is an opportunity to externalize your gratitude and encourage someone who has impacted your life. Affirming the value and contribution of others gives them fuel to keep going and reminds you you're not the center of the universe.

When you read the next question, take note of the first person who comes to mind:

Who are some of your heroes?

Now, take a piece of paper (anything you can write on and mail will do), get a pen, and write a quick note to that person sharing he or she was the first person you thought of and why. This doesn't need to be a long letter. In fact, here's a good starting point you can use.

<<Hero's Name>>,

I spent time reflecting on my heroes today, and you were the first person to come to mind. You have meant so much to me, and I wouldn't be who I am without you. Because of you, I <<reasons why this person is your hero>>. I'm grateful for you.

Thankfully,

<<Your Name>>

After you've written this, put it in an envelope, address & stamp it, and drop it in the mailbox. Don't have the person's address? Find them on Facebook or LinkedIn, see where they work, do a quick Google search for the company's location, and send it there.

This whole process can take just a few minutes. In the digital age, a piece of material encouragement goes a long way. Thanking your heroes helps them continue to be heroes.

Let me know if something awesome comes of this.