In an effort to not offend my friends and colleagues who chose not to celebrate Thanksgiving, but focus on celebrating with their loved ones a Fall Harvest Celebration, I hesitate to say, “Happy Thanksgiving”!
However, regardless of our beliefs and traditions, we can all benefit from more gratitude in our lives . Gratitude is the single most powerful tool according to experts like Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman in the new field of Positive Psychology.
I know that when I have been feeling anger and intensity and literally feeling the adrenaline pumping through my veins, gratitude washes away those feelings in an instant.
I call it my Post-it Note Coaching Program. If you know me, you know that I say my job is to work myself out of a job. I believe that because I want my clients and their teams to coach themselves and each other. This Post-it Note Coaching moves people in that direction with velocity.
Think of a situation where you are NOT getting the results you need or want. Think about the people who have become obstacles to those results. Think about the circumstances that have allowed this situation to fester.
Now, take a Post-it Note and write down 3 learnings for yourself from this experience. Think of mistakes you’ve made that you will absolutely not make again. Think of things you’ve learned about yourself, your colleagues, and the situation.
This exercise only takes about 10 nano-seconds. Once you’ve written down the learnings or gifts, the frustration will melt away nano-seconds later. This is a powerful way to experience the full power of gratitude.
This week I’ll be writing about other aspects of gratitude that are important and useful for us all.
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Please have a wonderful holiday season filled with lots of love, laughter and real rejuvenation!