Thanksgiving seems to be a very fitting time to discuss gratitude.

What are you thankful for?

Do you take time and energy to practice gratitude. Gratitude is really more about your success as a human being than anything else. It has to be practiced and sometimes it’s not an easy practice to have this gratitude. When things are not going your way or you are in the midst of a health struggle or feeling pain, how easy is it to focus on those concerns?

If we do not practice gratitude and make it part of our being, it simply will not be. It has been said so many times and in so many ways, but it’s a truth worth repeating, we have a choice every single day. Not about what happens to us but how we respond to what happens to us. We cannot expect to be grateful in the midst of difficult circumstances if we don’t regularly practice it. I’ll go back the example I like to use about race training. We won’t simply be able to wake up one morning and run a long distance race. We have to prepare our bodies, we have to prepare our minds. We have to practice. We have to actually RUN. Put our feet on the pavement and do it regularly for it to “stick”.

How can that be applied to gratitude? Well the thing is, we are all training for a race. Our race, whatever that looks like and whatever that is in our life. Guess what, we do not get out of this life alive (sorry to be the bearer of bad news) nor do we get through this life unscathed by some bad stuff. So how do we train for gratitude, for our particular race?

We regularly practice gratitude. That’s right. It doesn’t come naturally. It doesn’t come when you’re rich enough, thin enough or successful enough. It must be practiced when we are in the beginning stages, when we are overweight, barely getting by, putting one foot in front of the other. We have to practice.

Gratitude is intentional. We can choose for ourselves to be grateful every day. It won’t necessarily be easy at first to accomplish this task. Just like running 1 mile the first time, the first few times are hard. It gets easier with practice, it becomes part of who we are and how we respond to the world.

Take a few minutes this next week to practice gratitude. What are you grateful for?

I’m so grateful for my girls, for my home, for business owners who put their faith in me to help them be more productive in an office.

I’m thankful for Co Working Landing and that it can be a place in Brandon to help develop entrepreneurs. I am thankful for entrepreneurs because they change the world! They change the landscape of business!

I am thankful for all of you and I hope your Thanksgiving is full of gratitude and family and that you look around you and see everything you DO have!