Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.

sun 581299 640“Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.” Carl Sandburg

What is the main benefit of having a gratitude practice and getting into the habit of looking for the good? It makes it harder for challenging situations to phase you.

Imagine you are on your way to an important meeting. The President, VPs, Department Heads – everyone – is waiting for you to present the very last session of a two-day leadership retreat.

At about the halfway point, 45 minutes from the event, your car’s heater gauge goes to “HOT” and starts smoking. What do you do?

Welcome to my world one fateful Thursday. The good news is that, instead of freaking out, I parked the car and called for an Uber. Seven minutes later, I was on my way. The best part? The driver told me how his life’s dream was to become a professional speaker. Guess who got free coaching!

Do you think that maybe my car overheated specifically so I could meet this young man? You never know.

If you’ve gotten away from your gratitude practice, make it a point to start back up – today. It makes a huge difference in the way you look at life’s challenges and equips you to effortlessly go to your Plan B without stress.

Have fun,


PS – If you’ve been faithful in your gratitude journaling, I’d love to hear your experiences with dealing with difficult situations.

PPS – Here’s why making it right is good for employee engagement:–mUpI

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