Your Most Important Activity When Life Is Going Crazy

It’s that time of the year when most of us celebrate some deeply important religious or spiritual holiday – Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice….

For me it’s also a time of extra gratitude. I extend my gratitude to you, my loyal Ordinary Brilliance subscribers. Your many positive comments, feedback and questions throughout the year make me feel connected to you, even if we’ve never met in person.

I am also grateful for my clients who generously share with me their trials and triumphs and keep moving forward, creating better lives for themselves. They face a wide variety of challenges such as dealing with the intricacies of family-owned business; letting go of profitable but unfulfilling clients; healing from cancer; growing a business by 50% and sustaining all the employees and their families; relocating a business to a new city; or improving communication with a spouse to ensure family harmony.

Others are leaving behind a contaminated marriage or a senior position with toxic management and moving into the unknown; installing new habits and systems to stop working 80 hours a week in order to preserve sanity, family and health; or reclaiming the work they were born to do. And so much more.

Your one week experiment

Here’s a simple but effective exercise to try this coming week. When you wake up, before you get out of bed, think of one thing you are grateful for. Just dwell for a moment in your mind on that thing, feeling it fully.

Do the same when you turn out the light to go to sleep. Just think of one thing you are grateful for and dwell for a moment in your mind on that thing, feeling it fully.

I’ve been doing this for the past week, and I believe it works because it’s so simple. Sure it’s great to write down 10 things you’re grateful for every day, but at this especially hectic time of year, we need ultra-simple habits to keep us sane and focused on the positive. As you know, being grateful is one of the most powerful stances we can take in our lives. It’s an attitude that attracts to us more of what we want in our lives.

It can seem counter-intuitive to focus on what we’re grateful for, when things are going crazy, yet we know we get more of whatever we focus on. That’s really the best time, the most important time to do it. There is always something to be grateful for.

For all who share part of their lives with me, whether as a subscriber, client, colleague, friend or family member, please know, I am grateful for you.

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