Power of Gratitude

Thank you all for joining us this month as we encouraged the LeaderShape communityGetting behind the movement to get behind the movement. One way we put this idea into action was through the practice of gratitude.

We believe in the power of gratitude and its positives contributions to our well-being, mood, and self-esteem. It’s so important that we hope living in gratitude becomes a way of being for all of us.

To help cultivate an ongoing sense of gratitude in the LeaderShape community, we have a few ideas we hope are helpful to you.

Demonstrate gratitude for those in your life

Supporting others through gratitude is uplifting for you and for the person on the receiving end. We talked about Getting Behind the Movement on social media this month and showing your gratitude for the work that another is doing is a great way to get behind their goals and vision.

This act of gratitude will have at least 6 benefits for you as well; feeling happier, being more optimistic, increase energy levels, being friendlier, increase self-esteem, and increase your productivity levels.

When we feel better, we do better! And we are counting on this LeaderShape community to go out and make the world better.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow” – Melody Beattie

Be grateful for all things big and small

The more you practice gratitude, the more you will find to be grateful for. It doesn’t matter if our gratitude is in recognition of something massively significant or through a small expression like a note or a hug. Big or small, each moment of gratitude felt and shared can move us from a place of hurt and ego to a place of love and humility.

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Be the ripple

The Ripple Effect: the continuing and spreading of results of an event or action
In our Institute program, we end the week with an idea that each person is a pebble and has the opportunity to create positive ripples as they continue their leadership journey. Creating a ripple of gratitude in your life and in your corner of the world can have lasting effects that you will probably never be aware of. Focus on those feelings of gratitude for what your life holds! Find opportunities to demonstrate your gratitude for others and their contributions. Your pebble of gratitude will go on.

Mindfulness Matters: Day 7

As leaders, the contributions you make to the causes and communities you care about can be energizing and fulfilling! Effecting positive change in the world around us is important. We also understand that the work of leadership can be demanding as well. We may find ourselves feeling stuck! Living and leading with integrity isn’t always easy, but it is always possible — especially when we take care of ourselves. One way to accomplish this is through mindfulness.

Earlier this month, we used Day 7 to explore why mindfulness matters. Throughout the day, we shared some mindfulness matters activities with the LeaderShape community. And our community engagement team shared their own mindfulness practices.

Practicing mindfulness can decrease stress, improve concentration, and even boost creativity. And we want this for you!

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We have compiled those mindfulness matters activities from Day 7 here for you. Try them out and see which ones help you to connect to the present moment and be compassionate with yourself. Then put mindfulness into practice by continuing that activity and creating a habit that will help support you . 

If you have a story of why mindfulness matters to you, please leave a comment below. We’d love to hear more mindfulness matters stories!

#toleadread Book Club

To know LeaderShape is to know that we are committed to being life-long#ToLeadRead learners, that we believe in the power of story-telling, and that we know we can learn great things when we are in community with one another. Given all of this, we want to try something new and you’re invited!

We want to take a shot at a book club of sorts, taking #toleadread to another level. Here is what we’re thinking…

We Choose a Book
And by “we”, we mean you and us together! We’ll be starting with four titles and narrowing it down to the final selection by voting in a 3-round bracket. Head over to our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter account starting on Monday, October 22 and vote for the book you’d like to read along with us.

We Read it Together
Once the votes are in, the book choice will be announced on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and right back here on our blog. We’ll have about a month to read the book, and some of us on staff will be sharing our progress as we go. You can do the same using #toleadread.

We Have an Awesome Conversation
Meet us on BigMarker (link coming soon!) on Wednesday, November 28 at 1:00pm CST to explore the book with other LeaderShapers. Some of the LeaderShape staff will be there to lead us through questions and discussion points.

We hope you’ll join us for this experiment! Until then, drop us any questions you have down below.

#toleadread