Welcome to a 3-Part Series called “An Attitude of Gratitude.” Last year the SOS Leadershippartners began a tradition of blogging about gratitude and what matters most during the week of Thanksgiving. To read last year’s post by Amber Fogarty, click here. To read last year’s post by Bill Moyer, click here. To read last year’s post by Billy Moyer, click here. Today SOS Leadership co-founder Bill Moyer blogs about taking the journey from good to grate(ful).
Several years ago Jim Collins wrote a must-read for professionals called Good to Great. Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. My favorite quote from this important business book reads, “When [what you are deeply passionate about, what you can be best in the world at and what drives your economic engine] come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life. For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life.”
As I reflect on this year and my life as a whole, I am reminded that the goal of our life’s journey is to go from good to great. In my book, Seeds of Success, we call this the journey from success to significance. So how do we get from good to great? Our focus should be on being grateful.When we’re focused on leading a life of significance, gratitude naturally flows from us.
Too often we focus on what we don’t have, rather than being thankful for what we do have. This year has been difficult for many. Perhaps it’s been rough for you. As we encounter valleys in our lives, it isn’t always easy to remember all that we have to be grateful for.
As I’ve worked with many people this year who have struggled through some difficult times, I’m especially grateful for the lessons I’ve learned from them. It amazes me how thankful they are, in the midst of enormous obstacles, for the opportunity to reprioritize what’s most important. They reminded me that life isn’t all about the material things that we think we just can’t do without. Life is about recognizing the greatness of the little things that we really can’t live without.
Here are a few of the things I’m most grateful for this year:
- In a year when most businesses have struggled, ours has experienced tremendous growth.
- My work as a coach is also my ministry.
- Our family business has helped to change the lives of many families.
- I’ve read more books to my grandchildren than I’ve read for myself.
- I’ve been blessed to welcome a new daughter-in-law into our home and to be at my wife’s side as we said goodbye to her father as God welcomed him home.
I have learned that good is not good enough; we should strive to be great. As we continue on our journey from good to great, we must seek to expand the journey from great to grateful.