At this time of year, especially, we look around and give thanks for all that we have. Some people give thanks for their family, their friends and their material possessions.
It strikes me as interesting that most of us remember to give thanks during this time of year, but less so during the remainder of the year. Being thankful is really just an expression of our gratitude for people’s existence in our own lives. Sometimes, their impact is small, sometimes great, but there is always a footprint when someone else enters our lives. Intuitively, we recognize the footprint, but outwardly, in a real and meaningful way, do we let those people know that they make a difference?
As I look back over my career, and especially the last 6 months, I am deeply thankful for all of you, my clients, my partners and my team.
For my clients, who have taught me much about leadership and my own strengths and weaknesses.
For my partners, who share their vast knowledge and resources and who have contributed to our success as a new company.
For my team, who support my vision and help move Boxer Advisors forward.
For this, and so much more, I count my blessings this season.
Studies have shown that a mindset of being grateful is good for us and helps to keep us focused on the positive aspects of our sometimes, crazy, frenetic lives. Being a great leader doesn’t just depend on your business knowledge and the leadership tools you carry with familiarity. Being a great leader is only possible when you attend to those things that bring you peace, nourish your soul and keep you positive.
So, give thanks now and throughout the year. Do something for those around you and get something very valuable back. I know I will be practicing this now.
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