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Even as life leaders, it is very easy to become caught up in today’s pull towards negative thinking and cynicism. Everywhere you turn there are signs of fear, negativity, and anger. When you allow those signs to control you, quickly you can feel frustrated or disappointed.
Leadership development plan of the week: Find your Gratitude so you can be Happy!
Here is the wake up call you might need: STOP the negativity.
Do what you need to do to get away from it. If that means turning off the news or putting down the paper for a few days, then do it!
For those of you in the US, this is Thanksgiving week – a week that is the perfect opportunity for you to focus on what you are thankful for in your life. Big or small it doesn’t matter, just notice.
As you surround yourself with loved ones this week, show your gratitude from the inside out.
Here are some steps to get you ready for your Thanksgiving holiday:
- Rediscover your journal. For those of you who have kept a journal in the past, dust it off and bring it out this week. If you have never been a journal writer, try it this week. Start off your day by writing what you are thankful for – even just 3 – 5 things. They don’t need to be huge items, just what you are thankful for. To start it may be difficult, so write what pops in your head. As a society, we have been trained to look at the negative and not the positive, so be patient with yourself.
- Share the gratitude. Holidays are a great time to share the gratitude. Spending time with loved ones is a wonderful experience, and for some it can cause stress. Either way, focus on the positive and what you are grateful for about each person. Even if an individual tends to be negative, there’s absolutely no reason that you need to get sucked into the negativity. Leave the room if you need to, or redirect the conversation. Accept them for who they are. After all, you can’t change them – you can only change your response. We are here to give, not to get. What could you give this week?
- Notice the mood. While spending the week in gratitude and thankfulness, notice how your mood and outlook on life becomes more positive. Take the time to jot this down in your journal. You may be surprised at the results and want to carry the exercise forward.
Above all, have a joyous and safe Thanksgiving week. I am thankful for each of you and for the process of connecting to you through this venue.
If you need someone to help you Find Your Gratitude contact us at (612) 227-8922 or at Team@BeyondBBD.com.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at BBD Leadership!