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AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE: Don’t Let the Holidays Sabotage Your Success!

It’s November and Thanksgiving is once again upon us. However, I can recall a time when my feelings leading up to this time of year were far from being “thankful” in nature. In fact, I found myself feeling just the opposite. As the end of the year approached, as the holiday for “giving thanks” drew nearer, I could feel my own angst and uneasiness weighing heavier and heavier. Honestly, not all of my goals and intentions for the year had been exceeded as I had hoped they would be. After all, I spent my days and weeks coaching and counseling others to success – why then did I find myself in a place of stagnancy and frustration? Actually, that’s a good question, and one that I absolutely had to ask myself.

It seemed to me that I was doing all the “right” things I should do to create my own success (my own fireworks). I was building my marketing efforts, speaking to groups, talking to friends of friends, creating contacts and prospects, etc. Though I was having success, it was not as grand as I had anticipated. Now, like many of us, I blamed the economy, the environment, and just about everything else I could think of, including my own “luck” or lack thereof. Eventually, over time, I not only felt myself pulling away from gratitude – but drawing closer to a feeling of actual bitterness (gasp!)

Wait a minute, how was this possible? I heard myself telling others that they deserve success. Heard myself telling a client my favorite quote by Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” I heard myself encouraging those around me to press on and to act “as if” they had already achieved their wildest dreams. At what point did I start to feel that the same principals might not apply to me?

Though I might not be able to pinpoint the actual moment that the feelings began to set in or the actions began to follow, I can certainly pinpoint the moment that I sat up and took notice. Or rather, sat down, felt sorry for myself, and heard a dear friend tell me that it was time to take action.

On the hunch that others may benefit from my mini-quest to go back to basics to successfully realign myself with achieving all of my expectations,I’ve listed my top takeaways. Enjoy!

Takeaway 1. There is no reason on earth (or anywhere else) that you should NOT be successful.Yes, we’ve heard it before, but you actually have to believe it. Instead of thinking “Ugh, I don’t want to be broke,
alone, unsuccessful, (fill in the blank)!” You may find it more useful to choose to focus on what you do want and what you do value in your life.

Believe it or not,there’s a world of difference between thinking “The Holidays are coming, I’m not in the mood and I haven’t met my goals” and deciding to choose to think “Look at the things I’ve accomplished so far, and what I know I will achieve!” You can (and must) choose to decide that you will be as successful as you want to be- I mean really, why not you? Why not now?

Takeaway 2. Actions must follow thoughts and feelings. Yes, thinking and feeling that you will be successful is essential. However, it’s critical that you take the action (however uncomfortable you think it might be) to put yourself in situations that will create your success. Create new plans, choose a new direction, call someone who you think may be able to help you. The important thing is to keep in mind that you really haven’t tried everything (even if you may think you have). It’s normal to reach a road block, the key is in finding a new way around it and pressing on.

Takeaway 3. Gain support and revisit what has worked in the past.One thing I’ve noticed this year is that apathy is on the rise. It can sneak up on you and keep you frozen. If you suspect you may have taken a back seat in your own drive to personal and professional success, you might try talking to a friend or co- worker about your concerns and goals, and new ways to approach both.

However, the best approach may be to hire a coach to help you objectively look at your goals and priorities, develop a strategy, point you in the right direction, and help hold you accountable for your success.

Whatever you do, it’s up to you to decide you deserve the best, to correct your course of action, and to make it happen. After all, if there’s one thing I confirmed in my experience, “Whether you think you can or you can’t . . . you’re right!”

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