It’s easy to have and experience gratitude when everything in your life is working; when you are at the top, when you have a successful business, career, and a thriving personal life. Let’s call it ‘when you’ve reached all your goals’.
But what about in moments of failure? Or moments of suffering? What about the areas and instances in your life that you struggle with most? How do you embrace being in gratitude for those?
I hit rock bottom when I was at the very top. A full blown health crisis that took me years to be able to talk or write about—to allow the truth of who I am be visible—knocked me out of my shell. It was a painful time, both physically and mentally, and getting to today where I can speak, write and share powerfully about my ‘rock bottom’ moment has been a challenging process.
How did I get here? Through the process of gratitude.
It might sound absurd to you, but I’m grateful for my health crisis. I’m grateful for hitting rock bottom. I’m grateful for experiencing complete darkness, denial, despair, grief, pain and confusion.
Because through experiences like those I learned to make decisions: decisions to not look back, but to look forward; decisions to build my life on my terms; decisions on how to lead in the world.
Hitting rock bottom WOKE ME UP, and I am grateful. Was it easy? NO. But I am grateful every single day. I choose it.
Successful leaders make powerful decisions and conscious choices.
I want you to hear this:
It is NOT easy to have gratitude when you have experienced loss.
It is NOT easy to have gratitude when you have experienced pain.
It is NOT easy to have gratitude for income goals that you didn't achieve.
It is NOT easy to have gratitude for those you know you need to forgive (especially when you were in the impact of their actions).
It is NOT easy to have gratitude for losing a client, a sale, or a big career opportunity.
It is NOT easy to show gratitude when you get the wrong clients because you settled for less than you are worth.
In business, you'll have peaks (hopefully amazing, high-on-life peaks). And, you'll have valleys.
THE KEY IS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF IT.
I know this is not always what you want to hear, but I’m here to say it.
Write this down and put it where you will see it EVERY DAY:
EVERY CHALLENGE IS TEMPORARY. IT IS USEFUL INFORMATION, AND IT IS TEACHING ME. IT IS SERVING ME, IT IS PREPARING ME. IT IS DEEPENING ME TO BE THE EXTRAORDINARY LEADER THAT I AM AND IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR POTENTIAL IMPROVEMENT THAT'S SCREAMING FOR ATTENTION.
SO BE THANKFUL FOR THOSE EXPERIENCES.
I WON'T LIE: it’s not easy. But being a leader isn’t about easy: it’s about stepping into your potential. It’s about doing what most people don’t do because they don’t believe it’s possible. It’s about creating an impact. It’s about experiencing a full life. And a full life comes with ups AND downs.
What experiences have shaped and prepared you to be ready NOW?
What experiences do you owe some gratitude to?
Comment below, I’d love to hear from you.
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