It’s almost Thanksgiving…it’s tradition in our country that we gather around the table, enjoying festive fare (often far too much!) with our loved ones while giving thanks for all the special things in our lives.
Feelings of gratitude are especially top of mind during the holiday season, but wouldn’t life be more fruitful and satisfying if we carried this sentiment throughout the year?
According to New York Times best-selling author Lewis Howes, “Life is better if you develop an attitude of gratitude. If you concentrate on what you have, you’ll always have more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough.” Studies have shown that there is a slew of benefits that come with embracing an attitude of gratitude. Research-based reasons include:
- Gratitude facilitates contentment and improves mood, as it enhances overall feelings of happiness, joy, energy and other positive emotions.
- Gratitude is good for your health! Studies show that in addition to your mental well-being, gratitude helps to lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, reduce symptoms of illness, and make us less bothered by aches and pains.
- Gratitude positively affects sleep. Grateful people enjoy a more restful sleep at night and wake up feeling more refreshed.
- Gratitude helps relationships, as it makes us feel more connected to those close to us.
- Gratitude in the workplace can set the tone for positive company culture, boost employee retention and increase productivity.
I consider myself a pretty grateful person, and why shouldn’t I be? I’m healthy and live in one of the most successful towns in the most inspiring country in the world. The level of intelligence in my community demands that I bring my A-Game and utilize my talents to the full extent. Quite honestly, I am blessed.
As Howes suggests, I try to carry forward an “Attitude of Gratitude” throughout the year, but this Thanksgiving, I’ve put together a list of Un-Cliche Reasons Why I’m Thankful.
Aside from the “obvious” (yes, I’m thankful for my family and friends), my list is themed to why I’m grateful to be an entrepreneur…and some of these reasons may surprise you.
I’m sure you’ve heard (or maybe you know firsthand), but being an entrepreneur isn’t easy. It’s downright draining, both physically and emotionally. It’s full of highs and lows, too many early mornings and late nights. It can be isolating and make you feel like you’re on your own island, which you typically are. Being an entrepreneur is the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced, and I’ve been through it all – reinventions, gains, losses, adventures, and suffering.
I recently read a quote from an anonymous source that struck me: “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”
That said, in honor of Thanksgiving 2018, here’s my list of Un-Cliche Reasons Why I’m Thankful…
- I’m thankful for uncertainty. In most professional situations, you typically know what you’re signing up for. As an entrepreneur, questions are a constant. Will there be clients? How will I get all this done? Am I cut out for this? While it’s exhausting and all-encompassing, the uncertainty fuels me. Even though I’m constantly uncertain, I do know this for sure – intelligently navigating and executing the vision for my brand far outweighs any uncertainty that comes my way.
- I’m thankful for my crazy hours. Free time? Not happening in my world. With decades of experience in finance, private equity and accounting behind me, clocking time is nothing new to me. As an entrepreneur, I’m working as hard as ever, but all this time means activity, and the activity means progress. Because of the time, I continue to put into my brand, what was once a vision is now my reality.
- I’m thankful for my clients. As an “Executive Success Coach,” I’m helping people build businesses, drive their incomes and recognition, strengthen their personal relationships, all while trying to find peace and balance in their lives. Coaching people is such a gift, and nothing is more rewarding than seeing the success my clients continue to achieve.
- I’m thankful for the support, be it my usual baristas at Starbucks that greet me at 7 am every morning (and the three grande lattes I enjoy daily!) to the kickass team around me. Being an entrepreneur feels isolating and lonely at times, which is why I’m uber grateful for the people and things that back me – regardless of what form they come in.
- I’m thankful for the hustle. Being an entrepreneur takes grit and an unrelenting tenacity to succeed. I’m the most creative I’ve ever been and have an unwavering trust in myself and my ideas. I’ve built a business that keeps me energized and inspired non-stop. Every day is a hustle, but I’m at the start, center, and end of it all.
Cliche or not, here’s to being thankful…and the privilege of being an entrepreneur. Stay grateful and optimistic – remember in these strange times that there is always chaos before the calm.Stay grateful and optimistic - remember in these strange times that there is always chaos before the calm.Click To Tweet
Happy Thanksgiving to all!