I realize every year about this time that I’m not as thankful as I could be.
Like so many, I too often measure what’s wrong with my life. In the measuring, I create stress for myself and close myself off to the recognition of all the delights, both small and large, that surround me every day. So if you’ll indulge me please, I’d like to remind myself through today’s blog of a few of the spectacularly wonderful things in my life.
I’m thankful because:
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I also realize that gratitude—deep awareness of the gifts in our lives—is an important characteristic of leadership.
One of the attributes that draws people toward you is an infectious appreciation for others and for the strengths of your organization. While you must have the courage to point out the gaps and flaws in your organization, you can wear yourself and others out by focusing relentlessly on deficiencies. Once in a while, it’s good for the soul to walk through the building and be thankful for what you see.
Wonderful people are doing difficult work with their heart and soul. Customers are receiving value from your products or services. Salaries are being paid and mortgages and college tuitions are being paid off. People are growing, stretching and realizing their own gifts.
It’s all around you – take a look and enjoy. This enjoyment will make your leadership more compelling and attractive to others.
YOUR PATH FORWARD: For two weeks, every morning when you wake up, and again at lunch, list five things you’re grateful for. No repeats allowed. See if it makes a difference in your day, in your attitude toward life.