Be Grateful

Gratitude is such a powerful thing. In writing my last blog post for my EMBA Personal Branding class, I can’t help but think of and be grateful for all of the blessings in my life.

The picture above kind of illustrates what thankfulness does. I had finally finished the climb up Viñicunca Mountain (known as Rainbow Mountain) at over 17K feet of elevation, completely out of breath! Everyone wants to climb this mountain because of it’s famous rainbow colors but when I got to the top, I couldn’t see anything, it was snowing, windy, and cold. Sure, I was a bit disappointed but rather than concentrating on what I couldn’t see I was grateful for having the opportunity to climb this mountain and feel the cold on my face and meet a nice stranger that would take my picture at the top of the mountain. Most other people that got to the top around the same time I did had already turned back but I stayed, enjoying the moment. Then suddenly it cleared up and I got this amazing view!

It’s just like everything else I have written about, you get what you put out into the world. So be positive, helpful, and most importantly grateful!

If you are struggling to find the positive in your life, here are some Gratitude Affirmations for a Daily Dose of Thankfulness.

One of the things that I’m most grateful for are the opportunities given to me. While I have worked hard, this takes me back to my previous post of not being able to do it alone. I’ve had the opportunity to get an education and pursue a rewarding career and I have high hopes for even more growth. That’s in great part because I have amazing mentors that have believed in me and pushed me to always do more than I think I’m capable.

Thank you!

We Can’t Succeed Alone

“You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”

-Zig Ziglar

One of the biggest mistakes we can make is think that we don’t need other people. We all do.

I always talk about the wonderful people I surround myself with and how lucky I am to be part of these groups. This is because I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am without them. In every single aspect of my life, I have been blessed to have someone help me. More often than not, it has been family, teachers, friends, and coworkers but sometimes even complete strangers!

The trick here is that while it is perfectly okay to need others throughout our life, we shouldn’t expect the help if we are not willing to give it first. Let’s care about others and help them succeed, not because we are expecting something in return but because it is the right thing to do.

I was recently listening to someone have a conversation about how we are inherently selfish people and I couldn’t help but think about how that sounded to me that we are inherently bad. I don’t think that’s true. Sure, sometimes it’s easy to get lost in our own concerns and only think about our self-interest but according to studies selfishness appears to be learned behavior.

I think that what we are missing is that by being cooperative and thinking about the collective good, we in turn help ourselves too.

I had never thought about it this way, but I came across the following quote and it totally makes sense. “If you go out looking for friends, you’re going to find they are very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere,” also by Zig Ziglar. This not only applies to friendships but all, even work, relationships. If you are always willing to help your team and coworkers, they will be happy to help you in return. Be the one that is always willing to help others out and I promise you that when you need it, help will come to you too. 🙂