The Gift of Gratitude

We’re fast approaching the end of another calendar year and that brief, reflective period many global executives use for some serious thinking about their careers, families, lessons learned and making the most of the future.

It’s an important time for many of us, because it’s when we set and reset our own personal and professional agendas for the coming year. We set goals for ourselves. And we commit to make good things happen, at home, at work and in our communities. Yet if we focus too much on the future, we may fail to recognize the present. We may also miss the opportunity to ponder all we have and all we owe to others for helping us achieve great things along our own journey to this place and time.

Gratitude, it turns out, is not only a positive state of mind, but also, something that can help leaders see more clearly, feel more deeply and find the very best in themselves. The Roman orator and politician Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” And contemporary author Melody Beattie observed, “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Who knew that taking stock of all we have received and learned thanks to others could actually equip us to enjoy more fulfilling lives and careers? But it’s true.

The gift of gratitude is a gift that keeps on giving because it keeps highly accomplished men and women grounded and humble. It reminds us that talent is bestowed on us, and that recognition of our gifts is something we cannot control, and therefore should not seek out.

Gratitude requires that we understand what we have been given and moves many to give of themselves in return. It’s the stuff of random acts of kindness. It’s the ingredient found in many of the world’s most successful business leaders. And it’s something each of us can find within if only we take the time to look for it.

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