If your business relied on your emotional stability for its success, how long would you actually be in business? Human beings have feelings that can go up and down depending on the situation or circumstance. It affects our productivity — but does it have to be like that.
One of the keys to living an emotionally-controlled life is through thankfulness.
You might be saying, “If you only knew my situation, there’s not a whole lot to be thankful for.”
Years ago, it seemed like everything that could go wrong went wrong at work. I was putting out fire after fire, all day long. And it only got worse.
At that time, I was president of a basketball clothing company during the day and a director of a motivational basketball camp business at night. After a particularly tough day, I got into my car and drove 15 minutes across town to run motivational basketball clinics for 30 energetic 5- to 7-year-old kids. I was normally excited to be with these kids, but this day was different. I was wallowing in my problems when I realized that I had the choice to continue on this downward spiral or choose to be thankful.
I was determined to be thankful even though my body was revolting against the decision. Out of a willful choice, I started listing all the people and things I was thankful for. To my surprise, it got easier the more I did it and, after a while, I started feeling thankful. When I arrived at the clinic, I had an abundance of energy, focus, and joy.
As you choose to be thankful, you will live a more consistent life of balanced emotions, which leads to increased productivity. If you want to learn how to develop an attitude of gratitude, pre-order my new book, Lead the Way.
Robb Holman is author of the highly anticipated book Lead the Way, keynote speaker, and the Founder/CEO of Holman International, a global leadership consultancy revolutionizing the way business leaders operate.