As Thanksgiving approaches here in the USA, I would like to share five questions to ponder regarding transforming issues that confront us, good and bad, into gratitude. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Living a life of gratitude and thankfulness yields great results, including peace and joy. Are you ready to face your issues and transform gratitude?
What gifts have your failures given you?
Every failure we face in life has the seed of a gift in it. While it may not look that way when the failure first happens, it is still there. The key is to look at the failure from a distance so you can see all sides of it. Distance yourself emotionally so you can look past the disappointment and anger, and look at what you can learn. For me, I’ve experienced many failures in my work life, whether working for myself or others. From this, I have received the gift of perseverance.
What opportunities do you feel you have right now?
Even if it feels like life is closing in on you, there are always opportunities to grow, to learn, to give. You may have to look for them. They don’t always slap you in the face; sometimes they’re very subtle. Once you’ve found the gifts in your failures, you will more clearly see the opportunities in front of you.
What are the 3 biggest blessings in your life?
This is usually an easy one to answer, but if you’re in a season of life that is fraught with difficulties, you may have to dig a little deeper to find the blessings. But they are there. Sometimes, it’s as basic as “I’m alive and breathing.”
What is your gift?
Again, this may be obvious to you, or it may not be. Your gift isn’t necessarily your “job.” It’s more along the lines of a calling. Many people have found their calling and build a business around it. Others may work to earn a living and consider their gift to be separate. Whichever it is, knowing your gift/calling will help you stay focused and thankful through the hard times.
What led you to where you are now?
Becoming introspective about your path can lead to decisions to change your future path. No one’s life is perfect; we are all going through something, whether it’s visible to others or not. Being aware of what led you to where you are now can help you make informed decisions for the future.
Here are the other posts in this series: Transforming Goals, Transforming Gifts, Transforming Introspection, Transforming Self Love, and Transforming Again.
Are you ready to continue transforming yourself? I have several programs that might help you. Some are one-on-one coaching, some are individual study, some are Facebook groups. Contact me to let me know if/how I can help you continue your journey of transformation.