“Pass the turkey. Some more green beans? Hey, I want that piece of pie” All common conversation around the Thanks Giving table.
I know it’s rather obvious but, is Thanks Giving really about eating like you are wearing a pair of elastic waistband pants?
Or drifting off into a turkey/tryptophan induced sleep while watching some sporting event on TV?
You and I both know it’s not.
Then why, since we know better, is it that so many of us end up in this oh so familiar place?
Does Gratitude have a place in Leadership?
I actually think it’s rather strange that we need an official holiday to remind us to be thankful?
While I also know that in an ever increasing busy world it is so easy to take for granted that which has the greatest value.
Many of you who read my posts don’t live in the US and for you, there’s no such holiday as “Thanksgiving.” However, no matter where in the world you are, this article is for you, because I would like you to please accept my gratitude for you. As you read on you’ll know why I’m specifically talking to you.
For most people, the holiday season is a little insane, and in all likelihood, you’re probably busier than a one armed mom with newborn triplets.
However, I trust that you will see that investing a few minutes to read this article will prove well worth your time.
Clearly at this time of year, the majority of people run around like chickens with their heads cut off doing more and more, while feeling less and less connected, to themselves or anyone else.
So right now…Just for a minute or two, stop! Take a moment and ask yourself to be totally honest while answering the following question:
How much time do you spend in genuine gratitude?
In today’s hectic lifestyle there is a good chance that you, like most people, you are likely running on empty! I get it, I’ve been there myself.
So in a crazy, hectic world, what can we do to fill up a little?
I want to help you out: Right now, forget everything for a couple of minutes and listen…
STOP and take a moment to become aware of the blessings in your life.
You need to stop skimming for a moment and really take this in because when I say “gratitude” I’m talking about the real stuff, the all-meat, a real treat, genuine heartfelt, preferably eyeball-to-eyeball or at least heart-to-heart connection.
In other words, thanks delivered with real meaning rather than some perfunctory, verbally text “thanx.”
One way of recognizing what you have and genuinely appreciating it comes from stopping and considering all the things that go by each day that can so easily get taken for granted:
• The smile on a child’s face as they say “hello” or “goodbye’” to you.
• Getting a call from your partner, friend, sibling, or family member to genuinely ask how you are doing.
• Being able to breathe and smell the flowers or maybe the coffee.
• How about gratitude for having the strength to do what you need to and desire to do?
• Or knowing there is someone, somewhere who loves you.
• Or receiving kindness, whether it was a smile, food, a kind word, a gentle kiss, or even this article.
What I’m saying in the simplest terms is; return to a state of gratitude. Grateful…To be Full of Greatness
I’ve been speaking around the world to thousands of people for many years now and someone who honors their position as a leader, I want to stop and say: This Thanksgiving and every day, I am grateful for YOU…
Yes, I am talking to YOU!
If you’ve been following my work, you already know that I have a dream.
My dream is to facilitate people like you in stepping more fully into their Authentic Selves and becoming a Soul-Driven Leader. Now you may be saying, “What the heck does that mean?”
It means being able to assist people all over the world in knowing that despite your current circumstances, you are truly powerful and that you have the power to be a leader in your own life and the lives of those you interact with….
In so doing, you create the life that your heart and soul cry out to live.
I am truly grateful to you because, through you, I get to live my dream, my purpose, my mission.
You, my friends, spiritual family, students, and unstoppable team are the fuel that moves me forward.
Maybe you have had this experience, and maybe not; I know for me there is an inner knowing that I am the voice of something bigger than myself. I, by virtue of you doing the work, carry that voice out into the world. In so doing, you share in my mission, my dream, my purpose.
I am truly grateful because maybe, just maybe, I have had some influence in waking up your soul, in inspiring your heart, in letting you know you are truly magnificent!
I am grateful to you. You who are committed to growth. You who are no longer willing to settle for mediocrity. You who stand up and fight to be free, even from the prison of your mind. We genuinely believe that the education I offer is a way out of the mental, emotional jails we can lock ourselves in.
Thank you for inspiring me with your feedback, emails, phone calls, photos, testimonials. Your work on yourself and your support of our collective mission keeps me believing we can, and do, create tomorrow’s high-performance leaders.
I am so grateful to all those who have, been my ardent supporters, some of you one-on-one, some of you one-on-many. Your love for me and your belief and trust in me is deeply appreciated and is NEVER taken for granted.
I am also grateful for the fact that so many people who have been my virtual friends and supporters, because this year we got to meet eye-to-eye, and give each other a big hug or 10. It has been such a blessing to meet each and every one of you.
It would be amiss if I did not take the time to thank my peers of the personal growth industry who are also dedicated and committed to serving the growth and evolution many of whom have become my friends…Thank You to you all!
My biggest “Thank you” is always to my beloved bride, best friend and partner, the sweetness in my life and my guru of kindness, my inspiration, my muse, my Queen: Renuka. Each day I am grateful for her and for the work I did to clear my poop in order to attract this amazing woman into my life more than a decade ago.
Renuka, you are the light in my heart, my greatest inspiration and biggest supporter. You have held me when I could have been crushed and in that moment, your love and strength kept me walking my path when I felt crippled. Thank you!
You may want to take action on what you’ve read here… Why not take out your pen and journal and write a list of whom and what you are grateful for.
Once you have done that, I would suggest that you buy some thank you cards and write notes of gratitude. At least send an email or make a phone call to those people. (I like cards because some people are uncomfortable taking in gratitude and nobody can interrupt or dismiss the written word).
With that I will sign off: Thank you from the depths of everything I am and all I can become.
I look forward to seeing you again soon or meeting you for the first time.
Be grateful to those who treated you with kindness, love and understanding. Be equally thankful to those who have challenged you beyond your comfort zone because they love you enough to risk having you dislike them.
“Even a heartfelt thank you is not enough, gratitude in the truest sense is trusting the intention of the giver and trusting yourself enough as the receiver, to not twist the gift into something it is not.
It is the fool who only knows the value of something after taking advantage of it, or pushing it away” ~Dov Baron…
Gratitude is is something that always pays great dividends. If you put your money into a great investment it appreciates…another word for gratitude is Appreciation and come’s from the word “appreciate” meaning… “To Increase in Value” Be grateful because what you are grateful for will increase in value.
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