In my professional business coaching practice, I encourage clients to take intentional steps to bring an attitude of gratitude into their life. One very effective way is to begin a gratitude journal. The homework I give to clients is to set aside 10-15 minutes each day to write the things for which they are grateful. It’s best to have a special journal used for this specific purpose. This is a powerful exercise; too often we don’t dedicate time for self-assessment and reflection.

Perhaps there are times when it’s difficult to push aside from your mind the things that aren’t going so well in your life. Since life consists of a series of fluid changes, there are bound to be challenges and disappointments. In spite of this, there is always something positive to acknowledge. Unfortunately, we are surrounded by people rooted in scarcity based thinking; those who never see the glass half full and live their lives from a place of fear, in anticipation of the doom and gloom that will surely come about. We can be in action to counterbalance the effect these people have on our lives.

In order to rise above these circumstances, we must protect our positive attitude by becoming a stand for positivity. We can do this by verbally acknowledging the conditions for which we are grateful. Positivity is contagious! As I often say, what we focus on grows. When we mention to our friends, family, and co-workers what we’re thankful for, it may cause them to consider their own life and help them to see possibilities they couldn’t before see.

In the spirit of creating viral gratitude, I’d like to share a list of things for which I have heart-felt gratitude, in no particular order:

1. The unconditional love of my large extended family.
2. Life-long friends who add value to my life each and every day.
3. A comfortable home filled with love and peace.
4. Grown-up children with the tools to make their way in the world.
5. The endless love and support of my husband.
6. My good health and that of my family.
7. My mother and her influence on the person I’ve become.
8. Finding my calling as a coach.
9. Living in a free country, where my beliefs are supported.
10. My ability to learn the lessons that exist inside the challenges.

I’m certain many of you can relate to the items on this list. Of course, the complete list is much longer, and ever changing as my life continues to evolve. I challenge you to devote some time and attention to what’s going well in your world. Be a leader to others by sharing your gratitude with them. Challenge them to pay it forward.

There is, after all, so much for which to be thankful.

Author's Bio: 

Charrise McCrorey is a powerful facilitator of transformation. She transforms lives and businesses every day and makes it her business to do so in the most generous, respectful and extraordinary way. As one client put it: “Charrise is gifted, lovely, amazing, spirited, and giving”. And he isn’t alone! Clients all over the world are better off today for having known and worked with her.

Charrise is a sought-after transformational coach, speaker, trainer, facilitator and author. She powerfully and effectively helps her clients to expand to their fullest capabilities in their businesses and their lives.

She has racked up an incredible 28 years in the world of business, from receptionist for a construction company to General Sales Manager in the Advertising industry, serving in marketing, operations and various executive management roles in between.

She has learned first-hand the value of diversity in people and cultures, including how they think and operate differently inside numerous roles in business. She has learned the value of building sustainable relationships, spanning over several years. And most importantly, she learned the significance of being happy in her work.

She has learned what all people have in common. We all have a tendency to get in our own way when we most need to move forward. We hide from our own true power. We benefit by replacing our fear with love and action. This has brought her to create her ground-breaking coaching program: FULL OUT AND FEARLESS, where Charrise leads people out of the world of mediocrity and into the world of possibility. In the words of one FULL OUT AND FEARLESS client: “The program is like no other program I had been in. It was and still is all about me and what I want and how to get it. There is no script. No bullet point presentation. Full Out & Fearless has helped me evolve into a person of brutal honesty, dealing with only the truth.”

“My work as a business and personal coach exposes me to many people who are seeking a different kind of life” says Charrise. “During our transformational work together, we discover what stops them from having the kind of life they want. Each and every time, the answer relates back to some kind of fear… There is hope.”

Charrise has experienced corporate burnout first hand. It nearly killed her once when the stress of her career made her very ill. She learned the hard way how stress affects health, and how sneaky it can be. As a result, she lost her job. A few weeks later her husband was diagnosed with Melanoma. Strike one, two, and a matter of about 6 weeks. Enough to cause anyone to drop full-time into fear.

Instead, these powerful experiences led Charrise to discover her gift and love for coaching. Her husband is now cancer free. And she is filled with gratitude for the experiences that have led her to her service as a coach.

She received her professional business coach certification through, and has since served literally hundreds of people, and consistently facilitated in the transformation of businesses, families, relationships and lives.

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