A Woman Leader’s Sparkly Guide to Holiday Joy
As the holiday whirlwind approaches, it’s easy to get swept up in the frenzy of gift lists, family gatherings, and end-of-year deadlines. But amidst the festive cheer, a crucial practice for women leaders often gets overlooked: gratitude.
Think of it as a leadership superpower. Cultivating a grateful heart, even during the holiday hustle, can be the fuel that propels you into the new year with renewed energy, clarity, and purpose. Here’s an idea: let’s ditch the guilt and the judgment and start practicing living into and from our purpose with a joyful attitude for all we have learned this year.
So, let’s ditch the guilt and embrace the power of a holiday grateful practice.
Why Gratitude Matters for Leaders:
- Resilience: A grateful heart is a resilient heart. When we focus on what we have, we build an inner fortress against stress and negativity. The holidays can be demanding, but a grateful lens helps us navigate the challenges with grace and optimism.
- Inspiration: Gratitude is contagious. As leaders, our energy and attitude set the tone for our teams and families. By actively expressing gratitude, we inspire those around us to do the same, creating a ripple effect of joy and appreciation.
- Clarity: Gratitude acts like a laser beam, helping us see the bigger picture. Taking time to reflect on what we’re grateful for can reveal hidden strengths, opportunities for growth, and the true meaning of our leadership goals.
Your Holiday Grateful Practice:
- Morning Gratitude Ritual: Start each day with a simple gratitude practice. Take five minutes to reflect on three things you’re grateful for, big or small. This could be anything from a delicious cup of London Fog tea to the supportive team you lead.
- Gratitude Journaling: Dedicate a few minutes to journal about something you’re grateful for today. This can be a specific event, a person in your life, or even a quality you possess. The act of writing it down amplifies the feeling of gratitude and joy.
- Express Your Gratitude: Share gratitude with those around you. Thank your colleagues for their hard work, express appreciation to your family for their support, and tell your friends how much you value their friendship.
- Surprise and Delight: Gratitude isn’t just about feeling good; it’s about taking action and having a little fun. Look for ways to express your gratitude through acts of fun and kindness – wear a holiday hat (sequins optional) or an ugly light-up holiday sweater to your next Zoom or Teams meeting, share a funny cat video at the beginning of your meeting, or do something out of your normal routine. Volunteer your time, donate to a cause you care about, or send a few cards to friends you haven’t seen in a while.
Remember, as a leader, cultivating a grateful heart is not a burden; it’s a gift. This holiday season, prioritize your well-being by embracing gratitude. As you recharge and refocus, you’ll be better equipped to lead with purpose, joy, and an abundance of inner strength in the year to come.
Bonus Tip: Make it a team effort! Encourage your team members to share what they’re grateful for in the first 5 minutes of a morning meeting or through a dedicated gratitude channel. This fosters a sense of community and reminds everyone of the blessings they share.
So, this holiday season, let’s lead with gratitude. Let it be our secret weapon for navigating the festive chaos, and let it be the foundation for a fulfilling and impactful new year.
Happy Holidays, and may your leadership journey be filled with joy, gratitude, and endless possibilities!
P.S. Remember to take time for yourself! Prioritize activities that bring you joy and recharge your batteries. A well-rested and grateful leader is a powerful leader.