Being thankful. It’s such an “in” phrase this time of year. With Thanksgiving having just passed and time moving quickly towards Christmas and the rest of the holidays of the Holiday Season, we are reminded a lot more about what we have to be thankful for. Last week I wrote that you don’t have to be loud to be a leader. Today I want to discuss why
Being Thankful Is So Important
We all have so many things to be thankful for, ALL THE TIME. Whether we’re talking about health, family, family health, work status, career advancement, opportunities for fun outside of work, or any number of other reasons, we all have a number of things to be thankful for. Even in the darkest of times, there’s things to be thankful for.
I realize that right this very moment some people are trying to survive some very tough circumstances. In those situations it often seems difficult to be thankful, but it’s still important, even when it feels like you’ve lost everything or simply can’t go on anymore. It can mean the difference between recovering and not.
If I were to put 100 people in a room who had just lost everything to their name, or were fighting a particularly nasty disease, I guarantee you there would be some who had already written everything off and some who were thankful for what they still had. Which group do you think would have the best chance of beating their circumstances? And even if they aren’t able to recover from their setback, who do you think would be better able to enjoy themselves even for the circumstances they were in?
I’m not saying that you’ll never be shocked and get down by some particularly unexpected and devastating news. We all get down from time to time, especially when some sort of bad news comes out of left field. But, those that are better able to process the information and then remember all the things in their lives that they have to be thankful for are the ones who have the best chance of moving past whatever setbacks they have faced. They have the best chance to recover and taking steps in a positive direction.
Ultimately, the ball is in your court. It’s up to you. You’re the only one that can improve you. But it’s worth the effort.
Here’s one more challenge that I pose to you. Don’t just be thankful during this holiday season. Be thankful in March or May or June or August. Be thankful when very few others are thinking about being thankful for what they have. That will set you apart and help you to achieve everything you’re destined to. Until next time…
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