The idea of a day that is set aside to be thankful inspires me which is why my favorite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving.

The clients in my group coaching programs communicate in a private Facebook page.

A tight knit community, they share their downs and ups, as well as their asks for the week.

Every day I have a theme to facilitate dialogue and challenge them to take action on something that will allow them to step more fully into their brilliance and make a bigger difference on the planet.

“Thankful Thursday” happens to be my favorite day as Thanksgiving doesn’t have to happen just once a year.

Choosing to be thankful requires the art and action of gratitude which is a leadership power skill.

Who do we thank every Thursday?

We thank our clients, our colleagues, and our friends on the page in great detail.

We offer up gratitude for our family and loved ones who support us every day on our journey.

We extend love and thanksgiving for the ability to design our destiny and be leaders called to use our gifts, abilities, talents and experiences every day.

And, it goes beyond our Facebook page as the community openly shares with great detail how much they love and appreciate each other.

I’ve never been a fan of broad blankets of gratitude, preferring to thank people for something personal that they did or taught me. 

As someone who decades ago thought I didn’t have anything to be thankful for in my daily life, my practice has taken a 180-degree turn where I’ve gone from Negative Nancy to Mary F’in Sunshine (or at least that’s what my nickname was when I left my career in Federal law enforcement).

On this journey, the person I’ve learned to thank is myself.

For my struggles and challenges — and the lessons they brought.

For my failures and missteps – and the humility they gave me.

For my successes and accomplishments – and how they increased my confidence.

Great leaders get this.

Years ago, my husband and I went on a house tour through some of the homes of the wealthiest people in Miami.

We went on the tour to get decorating ideas for the holidays.

What struck me most on the tour was the commonality in every office.

Every one of the homes had large offices where the owner visibly and openly expressed their gratitude.  

No matter what is going on in your life, there is always something to be grateful for in the moment.

Furthermore, the more specific you can be with your genuine appreciation, the more sincere and personal it feels, and the greater the resonance change within you. It actually changes how it feels to be in you and with you.


The Upside Challenge of the week is to take the time every day this week to write a list of at least 10 people, things, situations, blessings, experiences, even challenges you are grateful for in your life.

Envision each one – and note how it feels to see and receive this blessing/gift.

Notice how it changes you – both in the moment and over the course of the day.

Remember to be grateful for yourself.

The world needs you and your brilliance..

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