The Thankful Leader
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought it would be of benefit to look at an aspect of leadership that is often overlooked. That is a spirit of “Thankfulness”. These are times of great change and uncertainty, but I have observed in many people that having an attitude of gratefulness for what you have will ground you in the right perspective and energize you for future growth.
Having gone through a prior year of major changes in my own personal and professional life, I realized that the ONLY thing that got me through those challenges was to be thankful for EVERYTHING. No matter how small or trying the circumstances, I knew that these were only shaping me, preparing me for bigger and better things to come. And, it gave me an inner peace that kept me rooted until the challenges were over.
Here are five ways to have a thankful attitude EVERY DAY:
1. Be thankful for your life. It’s the only one you have. Appreciate the first daylight and the first breath you take. A new day is like a gift, and be thankful for the opportunity to make something of it and build on the previous day. Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
2. Appreciate your family, friends, colleagues, and those that make up your life circles. The people in your life are given to you for support, camaraderie, and to sharpen you. Show them your gratitude for their influence in your life by influencing and being a blessing to theirs. Build and edify those around you, and you will find a richness in those relationships that transcends time and trials.
3. No matter what career or job you have right now, rejoice in it. Even if you are in between careers or employment, it is always an opportunity to learn and grow. Out of work? Be thankful for the ability to look at hidden skills and new career vistas. Have a seemingly measly job? Many in the world would love to have your work and income in today’s economy. Use it as a training ground for bettering yourself. Have the career you love? Appreciate it and make the most of it to secure your future.
4. Show thanks for any trial, criticism, opposition, or defeat you face. Whether these come from external (people, events, market conditions) or internal (self-inflicted) circumstances, your attitude will determine how these events shape you. Blaming others doesn’t allow you to rise above the trails. Beating yourself up only has a place very briefly, then you need to move on. Looking at what is or has happened in a way to experientially grow and be sharpened will catapult your resolve to be better, mentor others, and lead the charge through the next trials that most certainly come.
5. Be thankful for the age in which we live in. While the world is changing at the most rapid pace ever, and we see and hear of so much change, we can take stock in many things. We have more history to teach us now than ever. Principles of business, people relationships, social interactions, and so on, stay the same but the approaches change with each generation. We live in the most technologically advanced age. We can have so much information that there is no reason that anyone cannot take this knowledge and better themselves from it. We also have so much support in business communities, social media, thought leaders, that are truly willing to build up people like yourself, that we should consider ourselves privileged to be in such great company.
By remembering and reflecting on these five things daily, you’ll come away with a great perspective on your daily life that will spurn you and others on to more fruitful and fulfilling lives.
Enjoy the weekend everyone!!