Gratitude is My Attitude!

Too cute!

Too cute!

Sometimes, I just want to have the life of a dog.  Like the puppy in this picture. Look at him! No stress, no goals, no worries, no ego.  Just be and be free.  Look how happy this little guy is!

2016 is quickly coming to a close and all of the major holidays are right around the corner.  Starting with Thanksgiving and it gave me pause to reflect on what am I truly thankful for and how do I better express this gratitude?  Am I truly embodying the “Attitude of Gratitude”?  Or am I just going through the motions?
I plan on making a serious effort in the days ahead to chronicle my gratitude and to truly count my blessings.  This is not a new revelation. Believe me, I’ve tried to be conscientious of my attitude and attempted to adjust it, which normally led me to commiserating with my thoughts over a few adult beverages.
You see, the thing about expressing an attitude of gratitude is that it is not easy.  In fact, it’s really hard and it does take discipline and effort.  The discipline piece has always been one of my weaknesses.  I know that.
My Gratitude Starts With My Strengths
I am cognizant of my weaknesses but also fully aware of my strengths.  I was pleased to have my strengths confirmed recently, when I went through the Clifton StrengthsFinders assessment.  For the small investment of $15, I was able to identify my Top 5 Strengths based on a series of questions that I completed online.
What stood out for me was how accurate and descriptive the results were for me. Operating from a strength versus a weakness is crucial in determining long-term and sustainable success.  From the list below, if my work involves all of these areas, it is no longer work for me.  It’s natural and my passion tank is never empty!
In my humble opinion, it is worth the $15 and I strongly encourage you to make that investment in yourself.  You may as well, nobody else is going to do it for you.  Full disclosure, here are my Top 5 Strengths for which I am grateful for:
  1. Activator – “When can we start?”  People with this trait have are impatient but also have the ability to turn thoughts into action.
  2. Maximizer – People with this trait focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence.  They seek to transform something strong into something superb!
  3. Futuristic – People exceptionally talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be.  They energize others with their visions of the future.
  4. Strategic – This theme enables a person to sort through the clutter and find the best route.  It is not a skill that can be taught.  Instead, it is a distinct way of thinking.  Always asking “What if this happened?  Okay, well what if this happened?”
  5. Communication – You like to explain, to describe, to host, to speak in public and to write.  People with this talent generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words.  They are good conversationalist and presenters.
I have a suggestion for you.  Over the holidays, you’re going to have all the kids and grand kids at home, why not gift them this $15 test available through Clifton StrengthsFinders, what a great investment!  One that can serve them well for years to come as they focus on operating from their strengths versus constantly battling with their weaknesses.  Kind of like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.