Friday, September 28, 2012

Attitude of Gratitude

I was up this morning at 3:30AM.  Not because I wanted to be up so early, but because I am going on a scuba diving vacation.  This time next week I will be diving with sharks (yeek!) in the warm waters of the Bahamas. 

I have a great many associates who are also business owners and everyone agrees with me that vacations are hard.  You work extra, extra, extra hard to be able to be gone and then A LOT more work is waiting for you when you come back.  However, I love to scuba dive and I guess it is worth it.  Maybe, kind of, but... oh well…

One of my emails waiting for me this morning at 3:30 AM was a message from a member of a networking group I belong to.  It is a great message and I found it extremely motivating.  It was the perfect way to start my crazy busy LONG day. 

Daniel Sanders is the owner of Four Sales Ltd (, a professional estate sales company.  He is also the incoming president of Northern Virginia’s largest BNI network.  I am excited to share with my audience a part of the email I received from Daniel this morning to start my crazy day of preparation so I can go diving.  Have a great and productive day!      Brenda

(Taken from email written by Daniel Sanders, Four Sales Ltd.)
Attitude of Gratitude
Our Inspiration or framework. When I heard someone recently say that BNI was filled with chiefs, I had a moment of clarity. Read on for my Eureka Moment!

There are many definitions of the phrase Attitude of Gratitude, and even more interpretations. There is no right or wrong. I leave each member to do some research and determine what it means for them. I have already heard that some people think it is another way of expressing Giver’s Gain. I can’t argue since I want each of you to find the inspiration to move you and therefore our group along the path (quality growth) to the goal (platinum).

To quote Chief Tecumseh - When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself.

In the spirit of disclosure, I want to share my inspiration (not my why, that’s different) with you. As a lifelong learner, I continue to immerse myself in topics such as leadership, responsibility and management that can help me grow. Shortly after agreeing to serve our BNI chapter, I read an article that resonated with me on many levels on the topic of Leading with an Attitude of Gratitude ( 

My revelation - To continue our growth track, we need to inspire all our members to be leaders with purpose and to focus that strength and purpose on each other.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Made my morning to be quoted in your blog and know I inspired.

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