With Thanksgiving Day around the corner let’s take a look at gratitude. We are much better off when we are aware of what we have rather than focusing on the things we may lack or having a victim mindset about our situation. It’s easy to fall into the “grass is always greener” trap, but we have to fight against it and recognize how good we have it. No matter what you are going through, there is always a perspective where you know others have it harder than you do, and you can reframe what is happening to you. This will empower you to make the most of what you are going through—to learn, grow, and stay tough.
When we take time to be grateful for the things in our life, we don’t take them for granted and we are able to be present in those things. When we fail to do this, we often have regrets after the fact (Example: time with family members or a time period in your life that is fleeting).
How often do we approach something with “I have to do this” when we are better served with a thankful mindset of “I get to do this”? This is a mental switch that we are 100% in control of.
Lastly, being grateful does not mean that you don’t want more and you don’t work to have more. Quite the opposite. Being grateful for what you already have generates an inner fulfillment that frees you up to accomplish more and serve others. It’s like a loop that, if done well, keeps you from becoming entitled but fuels you to build a better life in all the ways that are most meaningful (relationships, service, legacy).
So let’s not just be thankful on Thursday as we gather with loved ones, but let’s take time daily to be grateful for where we are in life, what we have been given, and what we can learn from the things that didn’t go our way. Happy Thanksgiving.
I saw this on a sign recently and thought it was a beautiful question to be shared. “What good thing are you going to do today?”
Shouldn’t we all wake up with this kind of motivation? This kind of direction and mission? As you begin today, identify at least one good thing you will accomplish. The world will appreciate you for it!
Lay your head down each night knowing you did good that day. That will be a day well spent, and as the days add up, a life well spent.
We all function on teams of some sort, whether it’s sports, family, work or somewhere else. We need to strive and find value in being great teammates on these teams. What makes a good teammate? Are you invested in embodying these things everyday? Do a self-check on your approach and commitment to being a good teammate on all the teams you contribute to!
-Team over self: Put others needs ahead of your own. Get over yourself. Giving to something bigger than ourselves has purpose and it teaches us.
-Invest in relationships: Trust must be built, and it is built by getting to know those on your team and finding out who they really are. Be engaged and interested by others’ lives.
-Notice who is struggling->Encourage: A good teammate is aware when you need them and always finds ways to encourage. Believe in what others can become, then communicate it.
-Service Leadership: Lead those around you by serving them. Push yourself to give more to others. Have an abundance mindset.
Self-check, then recalibrate the areas you can grow on your team!
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