In the United States, we turn our minds this week to being thankful. . . right before we turn our minds to sales, merchandise, consumption. . . and all the things we don’t have.
It always strikes me as ironic that on Thursday, we are likely going to share the things for which we are grateful, then on Friday, we will knock each other down for the next “have to have.”
Perhaps that is a metaphor of our daily life. We know we should be thankful. We know we should be grateful. And we think we would be. . . if only x,y, and z were true. If only we had the right job, person, money, or toys in our lives. And in that instant, we are pulled back into a scarcity mindset.
A thankful mindset shifts us to gratitude for what we DO have, takes us away from a focus on what we DON’T have, and helps us shift away from the scarcity threat.
Let’s be honest: if you are able to read this post, you are among a fortunate group of people with resources. But this isn’t really about comparing ourselves to those with less (or more) as much as being grateful for whatever we DO have.
In this week’s podcast, I discuss the power of thankfulness, and give you 4 ways to practice gratitude in your life. Try it out to see if it helps you to shift mindsets and thrive.
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