Something that most business people don’t think about, and it’s something that we do in every coaching session, is focus on the act and practice of gratitude. In our coaching process, at the end of each session, we ask our clients what things, both personally and professionally in their business they are grateful for. We have them speak these things out and then write them down. We do that in order to help them experience what gratitude does for people. Gratitude expands the things that we’re grateful and thankful for in our life. These things get bigger as we acknowledge them. I encourage you to make this a daily practice in your business and your personal life as well.
A lot of people practice gratitude at Thanksgiving or at a certain time of the year, but I would encourage you to make this a daily practice. Start by writing down two or three things at the end of each day that you’re grateful for both personally and professionally and share this with someone. What you’ll find is that there’s so much that is good in life that you have to be grateful and thankful for. Unfortunately, life just kind of goes by you and you don’t stop and acknowledge these things. We want to help our clients create a grateful attitude and see them experience and have gratitude in their life. This is why we do this on an ongoing and regular basis. We teach gratitude and make it really practical.
— What are you grateful for today in your personal life?
— What are you grateful for today in your work, your company or business?
— Write these things down. It can be just two or three things, but get into the habit of acknowledging and writing down what you are grateful for on a daily basis.
Over time, your mind starts to acknowledge and to identify all the things that you’re grateful for and/or that you can be thankful for. As you’re thankful and grateful for them, more of these types of things will show up in your life. You become aware that there’s so much you have to be grateful and thankful for. Gratitude and thanksgiving transform our mindset, our thinking and our whole approach to life. They create a wonderful culture and mindset.
And so that’s our thought for today — PRACTICE GRATITUDE.
My wife and I do it every day, and we also do it with our clients as we work with them. We’ve seen lives transformed — from being ungrateful and not really recognizing all that there is to be thankful and grateful for — to this person who has a mindset of gratitude. This is profound because it changes not only you, but the people you work with, your team around you and your customers.