19 Nov Look on the Bright Side
There is a basic principle of life mentoring that is particularly appropriate to talk about this time of year: gratitude. Whether you are looking for motivation to achieve fitness goals, to become a better leader or to make your entrepreneurial dreams a reality, giving thanks for all the people in your life who want to support you on your journey and all the tools you have at your disposal is an important part of your journey.
And in order to be grateful, you first have to take time to be aware of the blessings in your life instead of focusing solely on the challenges you face.
Giving Thanks this Thanksgiving
There are a couple of different ways that you can look at the Thanksgiving holiday this year.
- A total disappointment because you won’t be able to travel and/or celebrate the holiday with your family and friends as you would normally do.
- An opportunity to really think about how much you have to be thankful for, even if you are sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner with a much smaller group around the table or your Thanksgiving celebration will be held on Zoom.
As human beings, we are hard wired to notice the negative. Think about it, back in the days of the earliest hunter-gatherers, being able to notice something bad – like a tiger lurking in the tall grass – could mean the difference between life and death.
These days, what was once a necessary survival skill can be more of a hindrance. Yes, you still want to notice if there is a piece of glass lying in your path or if your cottage smells a little off, but you do not need to be focused primarily on the possible dangers around you.
Fortunately, you have the power to rewire your brain. Yes, you!
The key to looking on the bright side of life is to practice gratitude. We will talk about some specific ways you can do that in a future blog post. For now, if you are looking for a life mentoring and motivation, be sure to take some time over Thanksgiving to really think about all the good things and good people in your life – and give thanks.