Leaders Have An Attitude of Gratitude

Leaders Have An Attitude of Gratitude  

Three-and-a-half years ago, I was driving home from work. During rush hour, the on-ramp from I-90 to I-405 in the Seattle area comes to a standstill. While at a complete stop, I was struck from behind by another car at 60 MPH. The driver was a 17-year girl texting. I was hit so hard that the frame of my SUV was broken in several places. My first instinct was to look back at the car seats. Fortunately, my two daughters were home with their mom (my son, third child, was months from being born). The police said they were surprised that I lived. Thankfully, I walked away.

For me, the lesson was simple: Live every day with an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude is the feeling or quality of being grateful or thankful. Every time you are about to complain about something or think you have it bad, remember, someone always has it worse. There are elementary school children that do not have winter coats. Do you have a coat to wear when it is cold? There are people without enough food to eat. Do you have food in your cupboards? By taking a step back to reflect, you will find that what you were about to complain about is less important.

The more grateful you are for what you have, the more you will give to other people. Leadership is about adding value by advancing and serving others. The more you help other people get what they want, the closer you get to what you want. Complaining is negative. Negatively is wasted energy. Focus on what you can do, not what you cannot do. Focus on who you can help, not who can help you. Positive energy beats negative energy every time. Always give more than you take and be grateful for everything that you have in life.

All contents copyright © 2012, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.

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