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Happiness Through Gratitude

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gratitudeEven 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at BBD Leadership!

End the Year Strong!

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end the year strongThe year is quickly coming to an end and the holidays are fast approaching. Before you get into holiday mode, take another look at your goals.

You’ve worked hard this year, so don’t lose sight of the end result.

The holidays are not here just yet. Take this week to reevaluate, review, and revise.

Your leadership development plan for the week: Plan the remaining weeks of your year, so you can see the results you want!

Steps to ending the year strong:

  1. Reconnect with your goals – Take out your goals for this year and notice where you are at this moment. How have you done so far? Are you where you want to be? Evaluate where you are and where you want to be at the close of the year.
  2. Make the necessary changes – After reconnecting with your goals, do you need to make any changes? If your goals are no longer serving you or you need to make revisions, now is the time to make that happen. You know where you want to be at the end of the year, now write the goals to correspond with that vision.
  3. Design a plan for the remaining weeks – When you have your goals revised or rewritten, develop a map for the remainder of the year. It is easy to get caught up in the holiday season, but there is still work to be done. Decide how you want each week to look, and what you want to accomplish, so you can make your vision a reality. When your plan is written, you are much more likely to follow it.
  4. Create time for fun – Make sure you are giving yourself full permission to have fun during the holiday season. Yes, you want to end the year strong, and allow yourself to have fun while making it happen!

If you need someone to help you develop an end of year leadership development plan contact us at (612) 227-8922 or at

Let us know how it’s going. We’d love to hear from you and your responses.

Become Your Own Raving Fan

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leadershipIf you are not going to celebrate you, who is?

Think of your favorite athlete or famous star. What do their raving fans do for them? They are constantly sending showing their support and encouragement, and reminding them how great they are.

What would happen if you became your own raving fan? How would that change the way you noticed your achievements?

It’s easy to look at yourself and do inventory on everything you want to change. You may want to lose weight, be better organized, build a stronger business or find a better job. For some reason, it’s easier to focus on the negative rather than the positive.

Your Leadership development plan for the week: Celebrate Your Accomplishments

For you to be the best employee, business owner, dad, husband, mom, wife, person – take the time to look at how great you are! Life can be tricky, and it is easy to get caught up in the negative, but you ROCK – and it is time to start noticing.

Notice what you’ve already accomplished in your life – honor it all. When you are finished, plan a celebration in your honor. Throw a party, go to the spa, plan a vacation, go outside for a hike – whatever feels right to you, make the time to do it.

If you feel selfish or awkward, ask yourself, “What would my raving fan do”?

This is an important piece of your leadership development plan, so don’t pass this one up.

If you need someone to celebrate with, contact me at (612) 227-8922 or at

I’d love to hear about you and how you are taking the time to celebrate your accomplishments. Share them with us, so we can all celebrate your greatness and leadership!