There is a proven formula for success. Tom Brady, the 45-year-old quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, continues to defy logic and science as he sets records in a sport that is mostly filled with young men.
It takes practice
How does he do it? He practices a certain number of things a certain number of ways to continue to achieve high-level performance.
We’ve been helping families for 20 years to identify and execute a series of daily, weekly and yearly practices to help them have predictable high-level success.
One of my favorite practices, which is very timely in November, is learning to find things to be grateful for everyday.
Life can be difficult. Families can be difficult. Running a successful family business takes a great deal of perseverance and skill.
So many of the families we work with face typical family business dilemmas and dynamics. Yet most of them have so much to be grateful for.
Think about this. We get more of what we focus on. The more we focus on what’s wrong about the situation, the more we see what’s wrong about the situation. Conversely, when we can learn to see what’s right about the situation, we can see much more of that.
Make a grateful list
One of the first things I do everyday when I wake up is count my blessings. Here’s a list of things so many of our family business clients could be grateful for:
- Having a successful business
- Good health
- Living in a great country full of opportunity
- Enjoying friends
- Financial stability and security
- Enough food for their family
- Their family
You get the idea.
I would really like to challenge you to start each day by taking inventory for all the things you have to be grateful for. Like any other habit, it’s going to take you 21 days to begin to form a significant habit and gain the benefit.
This daily ritual will help you reduce your stress and put you in the right mindset for the day.
Play to your potential!
Pete Walsh offers family business consulting services, workshops, tools and resources as the founder of the Family Business Performance Center. Subscribe to his newsletter or get in touch to get actionable insights to help your family business grow for generations to come.