07 Feb Put Gratitude First
As a business owner, it can be easy to get swept up by the negatives in life. We start to dwell on what we have to do, what is going wrong, or what will go wrong. We have to take the time as often as possible to think about what we are thankful for. When you are able to shift your perspective and take the time to say out loud what you are thankful for, you start to look at things differently.
I take time out every Thanksgiving to tell my employees and clients “thank you”. I sincerely think about what they have done for me and be sure to let them know by either telling them over the phone or creating a video to share with them.
It is important to start off each day by giving thanks for the things that you do have. If you’re reading this on a smartphone or computer, be thankful that you have these items – many people can’t afford these. If you’re able to travel, be thankful for this privilege. If you have your health, be thankful for this, as there are millions of people who are ill and even more who may be mourning the loss of a loved one.
The point is to begin focusing more on the positive things that you do have, as opposed to allowing your time and energy being consumed by what you don’t have. I challenge you this week to make a list of at least 10 things you are thankful for. This can be tangible things like your material possessions, it can be more abstract concepts like love, or even just be thankful to have good memories. Whatever you are thankful for, meditate on these things, and find ways to incorporate more thanks into your day and into your interactions with your staff, your clients, and with your family.