A POWERFUL Exercise from Mr. Rogers

I wanted to share an article with you that my husband David wrote to his business consulting clients at Thanksgiving.  It refers to business, but it’s relevant to us all, whether were building a business or building confident kids. Here it is.  Enjoy!

A POWERFUL Exercise from Mr. Rogers

Have you seen it yet?

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” (the movie about Fred Rogers) is currently playing in theaters. I was lucky enough to see it last week.

(The irony is that this is not a movie for kids! When you see it you’ll know what I mean).

There was a moment in the film that Mr. Rogers asked people to stop for just 60 seconds and think about all the people who have “loved you into who you are today.”

This little exercise seems too easy to bother actually doing. It seems more like a nice idea. But let me encourage you to set a timer for a full 60 seconds and just mentally make a list of those people.

As you do so you’ll feel gratitude for who and what you are today, and for all those people who helped you get here. For “extra credit,” when you’re finished, go write down on paper all those people’s names.

One of the very greatest characteristics of many of the people I admire is their gratitude. I’m not as grateful (on a daily basis) as I should be. I have so much to be thankful for.

Isn’t it true that for many, many business owners, we tend to focus on negatives, on what’s wrong, on what we didn’t do, or mistakes we’ve made, or who is unhappy with us.

Take the very short time and “feel” the people who loved you enough to make you who and what you are today. It doesn’t take long and it will give you a different perspective for the rest of your day.

And go see the movie when you get a chance!

Does this have anything to do with your business? (or parenting)?  You bet it does!

Anything that affects you, also affects your business. Today, let gratitude overwhelm you. See if you feel different at the end of the day.     David Stowell, Business Consultant



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