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Here in the States, we have a holiday called Thanksgiving coming up. And Thanksgiving really, whenever you think about the history of Thanksgiving, I like to think of it as a time for gratitude, a time for getting together with friends and family. But I also use it as a time to reflect. A time to reflect on all the things that I am grateful for.

Now, I do this a step further as I go around in the holiday and I annoy everybody and I ask them what they’re thankful for. Now, I jokingly say, “Annoy everybody.” Because really, people love talking about it. They love talking and thinking what they’re thankful for.

And most of the times, I get tears out of people who normally you wouldn’t see get emotional. Because we all, regardless of whether it’s last year or the year before, go through emotional trauma. And when we really think what we’re thankful for and really dive deep, it really strikes a cord within our heart and within our soul.

So what I’m going to ask you to do today, or I’m going to present to you, is a possibility of doing two things. One, grab your journal and make a list of the things you’re thankful for. Make a list of all of them. Are you thankful because you have your arms, your ears, you can hear me right now? Are you thankful for that? Are you thankful because loved ones are still in your life? Are you thankful because those loved ones that have passed on have passed on to a higher place?

What is it you’re thankful for? Now, I hope that you’re like me, that you can come up with at least a hundred things right away. And you should be able to. And I’m going to encourage you to dig deep and really come up with a couple of pages of items that you’re thankful for.

Think of this as a thankful journey that you’re on, and really discover with inside yourself all the things in the past year – and you can go deeper than that – that you’re thankful for. What has brought you here along this road and this path of becoming the author of your own story?

Step two, go and ask the people around you – and you don’t just have to do this just during the holiday – but ask them what they’re thankful for. You know, my wife is fantastic. And whenever we’re at dinner with people, she asks them, “Hey, what are your three thankfuls?” What she’s saying is, “What are three things today you’re thankful for?”

And oftentimes, it throws people off, if they’re not used to this level of conversation. But each and every time, you see people light up when they talk about what they’re thankful for. And it could be in that moment of having a conversation with a good friend. So I ask you to do this, ask other people. And be that power, be that spot of power to allow them to share.

You know, this doesn’t have to be something that people have to come from an emotional spot. But it’s been my understanding, and it’s been my experience, I should say, that people do. You’ll be surprised at what people are thankful for. And really, when they think about it, it touches their souls.

One of the reasons is you can’t be angry, and you can’t be fearful in a state of gratefulness. So if you allow people to experience gratefulness in that moment, they’re no longer fearful, and they are no longer scared, but they also are able to be present in the moment with you.

And that’s an energy that you can give. That’s a gift that you can give somebody else, is standing in your own power and allowing that space for them to be present and to be able to share their gratefulness.

That’s it for me today. Have a fantastic day, and I’m extremely thankful for you and all of my team that makes this possible. Thank you so much. Make sure you go out today and be an example by being the Author of Your Own Story.

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