Think right now about everything you're supposed to be doing right now that you're instead putting off. Think really hard about it, list it out, and really assess it. Why are you putting them off? You don't want to do them? Will you suddenly wake up tomorrow with a new feeling that you want to face those tasks that you've so been avoiding? I wouldn't bet on it.
It doesn't really matter what you meant to do. In fact, it never will. More importantly, the people who are affected by your actions only care about how they were affected. It's time to settle that concept.
You need to know who you tend to deal with the problems that arise in your life and business. But more importantly, you need to know how that's going to damage you over the long run and what you can do about it now.
Over the course of the past 8 or so months, I was essentially lying to myself and everyone around me about being grateful. I think it had to do with wanting to create a certain appearance that I was happy when I was actually stressed out. So, I would make it a point to openly say I was grateful for things. You'll never guess what happened as a result.
Today is one of those days that I'm writing as much to myself as I am to you. Sometimes life is going to throw days and situations at us that weigh heavily on us. There will be times that we don't want to keep fighting towards our goals, days that we just want to give up. There will be frustration. There will be defeat. There are lots of times that we want feel-good messages to help pick us up. Today's article isn't one of them.
Normally on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, there would be some sort of poignant statement about the importance of expressing gratitude. Maybe it would be in relation to the holiday, or maybe instead it would relate to Black Friday. Either way, it would be full of "shoulds" and express how much better the world would be. Something shifted this year, however, and I realized that I should instead take this opportunity to do something different. I'm going to practice what I preach.
So, I did something today that has taken a few months to prepare for. If you're like me, adjusting to big changes can be a struggle. It takes both mental and tangible preparation, a lot of deep breathing, and occupies a huge portion of your time. Sometimes, however, changes like this are necessary for making your company, your life, or both, better. Let me share my advice on making the change.
Gratitude is a funny thing. There is almost nobody that doesn't want to be appreciated for the contributions they make. Everyone wants to know that the things they do make an impact somewhere - that they made a difference. Oddly, however, the open gratitude is hard for some to deal with, and they'd rather not be thanked. I know because I'm one of them. Let's talk about those who would rather avoid the spotlight.