Clear Vision’s Managing Director reflects as we approach the end of 2020.
It doesn’t always come easy to acknowledge the good things we have in life. The challenges we have all faced in the last months and continue to face, do not make this any easier.
Gratitude is about noticing and recognising everyday things that make a difference to your life, such as a call from a dear friend or someone who shows you their support and attention.
As we head towards Christmas and the end of this year, I encourage you to think about what you are grateful for.
Some of our clients have expressed how their team members have persevered in this year of adversity. Remote working and communication made working lives more challenging but they’ve continued to support them to sustain their businesses. Maybe yours have too.
You also have customers who have stuck with you. Also perhaps a family that rallied together to get through these tough times.
We encourage our clients to look backwards and forwards, to identify learnings and look ahead to set meaningful goals. However, this process can result in overlooking the chance to take stock of what we have now.
It’s a great time of year for you to do this. Remember you’ve done well. You’ve endured and pressed on during a tough year and you’re still here. Take time to reflect on the people, places and things that you have around you now.
I have recently started writing down three things, each day, that I am grateful for. I include areas that cause me concern in this reflection.
Research shows that gratitude can help shift our focus and reduce anxiety. If, for example you are anxious about money, take a few moments to write down three things that you are grateful for in that area. Your anxious feelings won’t disappear overnight but you’ll find that by injecting thankfulness into the issue, your mindset gradually shifts to a place that feels better and easier to deal with.
Feeling grateful helps to lift your mood and see the potential for change. Plus acknowledging what’s good in life, no matter how small, can help to bring positive long-term benefit.
Here are just a few ideas of how you can express your gratitude:
- Thank you notes
- Anonymous gifts
- Unexpected phone calls
- Making intentions part of your daily life
Here’s to 2021.
Wishing you a happy and peaceful festive season.
Matt and the wonderful Clear Vision Team
Matthew Rogers FCCA