Merry Christmas and Holiday Days 2020!
A note from Patty
As we quickly enter the busy holiday season, I send you and your family warm wishes and blessings.
We are reminded again of the importance of gratitude and how practicing this simple discipline results in extraordinary blessings. Especially now. As you know, the practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.
But while we may acknowledge gratitude's many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit.
It's been quite a year and each day I am grateful for the many blessings I have, including your friendship and acquaintance. I think because of this COVID pandemic, gratitude is now a daily habit! I pray that you and your family are well and will have a joyous 2021!
May you have a wonderful holiday season!
Accessing the Power of Gratitude
Practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.
Remember that gratitude isn't a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It's more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.
There are many things to be grateful for: colorful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, warm jackets, tomatoes, the ability to read, roses, our health, butterflies. What's on your list?
Some Ways to Practice Gratitude
Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.
- Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.
- Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.
- Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.
- When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.
- Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.
As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work.
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And...Say Thanks to Your Staff, Boss and Co-workers!
You might want to check out an article from Harvard Business Review entitled, Building a Better Workplace Starts with Saying Thanks.
Simply saying thank you goes such a long way!
I have several books on my wish list this year so I thought I would mention a few here.
A friend introduced me to Tom Rath's book, It's Not About You. It's an easy but impactful read, promising to inspire you to think about your legacy and how you are making a difference in the world. This rating was left on Amazon:
"A short powerful read to start the new year off with the right message It's Not About You! Live life to the fullest by doing for others. A message that can make a difference and meaningful lasting change.
Other books on my list include Pete Buttigieg's Trust, Martha Beck's The Way of Integrity, Jon Meacham's The True is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope, and, of course, Brene' Brown's Dare to Lead. So much to read!
I've been busy with moving ahead to obtain the next level of coaching certification (PCC) from the International Coaching Federation and am developing a group coaching program for First-time Female Managers to be rolled out in 2021. I'm also planning to speak at the Federally Employed Women (FEW)'s National Conference in June if the pandemic calms down and traveling is feasible. Fingers crossed!
More Info Soon on This!!
Patty Maples, ICF-ACC, M.A., is on a mission to help individuals embrace change, live their purpose, and love their lives! As a Transition Coach, she partners with individuals who are going through big life transitions, such as transitioning into their first leadership roles, retiring, changing careers, reinventing themselves in their 50’s, and beyond!
She meets you exactly where you are – whether you are at the beginning stages of a career transition or at the end of a lifelong career exploring the uncertainties of retirement. She listens intently to your story, asks probing questions, helps you uncover your longings, desires and opportunities, and partners with you in attaining your goals. You walk away with new possibilities, fresh approaches, and greater self-awareness and clarity about your life. You are excited when you wake up each morning to uncover what the day will bring! As a certified Coach and retired public servant, Patty is equipped to coach individuals and groups, facilitate workshops and retreats, and serve as a speaker for your next event.
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