Thanksgiving: Gratitude in Many Forms

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Gratitude is a process of thanksgiving and as simple as redirecting your attention towards what is working in your life. When we’re in the middle of a change or transition there is a tendency to look at what isn’t working and complain about all the negative things happening to us. When we do this we move our focus away from what is important and what could bring us greater success and results. By choosing to recognize what is most important we bring energy and vitality to our decisions and our goals. Our energy is directed into the present and to exactly what we can do that works for our career.

Here are some specific suggestions on things you might consider beginning at this annual time of appreciation and thanksgiving. I recommend you begin a gratitude journal and write down 3 things you appreciate about your life each day. The important piece is to start exactly where you are, and be genuinely appreciative. It can be something like you have energy to get up and keep on track; it could be your appreciative of your eyesight, or friends. By writing, reading the items they become larger and more energized to encourage you. Be specific and write in wording that is inspiring for you. The second thing I recommend is that you call or email someone and thank him or her for his or her contribution to your life. Again be honest, be direct and be specific. People find it hard to see their own brilliance and that is the reason why they are counting on us and wanting for us to share our insights with them. Take the time to give of yourself and witness who they are for you. Share your appreciation of them in your life. Be for someone what you would want him or her to be for you. The third action I recommend is that you stand outside and feel the earth on your feet, the wind on your face and the sun in your eyes. The opportunities we have to choose and direct our energy for a responsible career and the freedom we feel and the liberties we enjoy are cause for thankfulness. Stop and honor all the choices that have brought you to where you are now.

I’d love to hear how each of you experience freedom in your businesses, careers and relationships. Being that freedom is my #1 value I always love hearing how others are identifying and living their values. May each of you be blessed and appreciated this time of year and have the space and time to honor another. How do you celebrate and appreciate yourself, and others in your life? Please tell your story and give examples so we can all learn.