Most of the people I encounter these days aren’t in the mood for a challenge. They are busy and tired, worried about their 401(k)s and credit cards and how secure their businesses or jobs really are.
But maybe this is just the time for a challenge, the one I issue today – to replace worry and fear with gratitude during this Thanksgiving season. And then to hang onto the change into the new year.
During the past few years, I’ve discovered that worry and gratitude do not mix. In fact, I’d go so far as to say they are mutually exclusive. So, to get rid of worry and fear, heap on the gratitude.
Why should this matter in your work life?
Owning a business, managing a payroll, juggling projects, raising money, watching expenses, recruiting volunteers, doing an excellent job at work – all take energy and even courage. In this shaky season, it’s easy to be fearful and forget to be grateful.
By deliberately becoming more thankful, you put your worries and fears in perspective. While the negatives in your life don’t magically disappear, they become less powerful. Take a small step or two and see if it doesn’t make a difference. Then take a few more
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