Half a dozen or so.
How much time do we spend striving to get what we deserve? The new widget, the next version of the thing-a-mabob, the first 100,000 users, the A, the raise. Do you deserve those things? Maybe you do, in fact, let’s just say you do. But today, I’m going to ask you for a favor.
Grab your writing surface of choice and make a quick list. For some of you it may not take anytime at all, and for some of you it may take a few minutes, but trust me this will be worth it. Make a list of what you have that you don’t deserve. For me today, it was people:
- One wife, who loves me more than I deserve.
- Three children, who look at me in a way I could never deserve.
- Half a dozen or so good friends, who back me up more than I deserve.
- Hundreds of amazing loosely connected internet folks whose friendship I’ve done nothing to deserve.
Done? Good, now give thanks for that list. If you’re like me, give thanks to God, if that’s not your deal right now, well just say thank you out loud. Seriously, do it now (if you feel weird, grab your phone, pretend to dial and say thanks to it).
When you’re stressed, and that deadline is looming or you’re not getting the recognition you should or the conversions aren’t happening no matter how many AB tests you conduct or the dinner just burned (again) or whatever thing you’re chasing at the moment continues to elude you, giving thanks for what you don’t deserve will help strengthen you on the path to what you do deserve.