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An Attitude of Gratitude

Make gratitude a central element of your most important relationships

Today, I want to talk to you about a little word called gratitude.

Some say that humans cannot hold gratitude and anger in their bodies simultaneously. It’s powerful when we think about something that can drive negative feelings completely outside of our body. When Stephen Covey described human behavior, he looked at a classical description of stimulus and response. He observed that there’s a space between the two and that choice fits in that space. We have a choice about how we respond to any given stimulus. I think there’s a lot of power in choice.

I’m reminded of a business partner that I had. He went through a very difficult time and lost his wife. They had a very close relationship and it was extremely difficult for him as he worked through dealing with that loss. I’d talk to him about what worked for him, what really gave him comfort, and what helped him deal with it. One of the things I remember him telling me was, “Mark, you need to think about what you think about.” To me, that’s the perfect reflection of the choice in between stimulus and response.

There’s power in being intentional with our thoughts, our mindset. It shapes how we see everything and how we react.

My question for you today is are you grateful? How often do you take stock of the things that you should be grateful for? There are a lot of ways to do it. I know people who keep a daily journal. They start their day off by listing out things that they’re grateful for. I know people who use a gratitude stone, and every morning when they put that stone in their pocket they take time to think about what they’re grateful for. Throughout the day when they reach their hand into their pocket, they touch that stone and they remember. They’re always reminding themselves of that gratitude.

I encourage you to find a way to make gratitude a daily habit in your life. Make gratitude a core mindset everyday.

To put this in a Rocket Fueler’s context, I want to give you three things to be grateful for:

  1. Whether you’re a Visionary or an Integrator, be grateful for your counterpart. They’re willing to partner up with you. You’ve come together as a powerful Visionary/Integrator combination in order to make this company go to new heights and make it what it can be.
  2. Be grateful that whichever side of the equation you are on, that the other side has complementary capabilities that you don’t have. That’s what allows this combination to be so powerful.
  3. I want us all to be grateful that we are living in a time where our only limits are what we can conceive and our ability to execute and make it happen. That’s a major blessing.

Come see us on Take the Visionary and Integrator assessments. See where you’re great. See where you could use some help. We’ve been having some great discussions with other Visionaries & Integrators over on LinkedIn and Facebook.  Regardless of where you are in your process, I encourage you to join the conversation! And finally, read Rocket Fuel. If you’ve already read Rocket Fuel, and you liked it, we’d love to see a review from you on Amazon. We’d really love to hear what you think.

Until next time, Go ROCKET!



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