Thanksgiving Day isone of my favorite holidays. I am in charge of the turkey and I get great pleasure when family and friends enjoy the most delicious bird theyever tasted.
Of course, the bestpart is the nature of the holiday itself. A day in this country to give thanksfor all we are blessed with, from our freedom to the pursuit of our dreams.
Most of us givethanks, not only on this day, but hopefully throughout our lives. Yet, one ofthe most difficult things is our ability to receive thanks, especially when itcomes to thanking ourselves.
Receiving thanks for being one's self is something we almost never witness. That isnot only to our own detriment, but to those who love us as well. What is morepainful is that knowing this, we still have troubledoing it.
Treating ourselves thankfully is not easy to wrap our arms around because either we think we could do better orshould do better. Those thoughts themselves are not the problem for they oftenare what motivates us to be a better person. The problem occurswhen those thoughts turn from positive motivation to self loathing andblame.
One of the mostcherished guests I had on my show was John Wooden, considered thegreatest coach of all time. Coach Wooden not only won more basketball games than any otherin history but winning the NCAA championship 10 times in 12 years isa record that most agree will never be broken.
What is moreamazing is that he never once asked his team to win. He only asked them tobe the best they were capable of being.
Success is peace of mind which is a direct resultof self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you arecapable of becoming.
It is those last sevenwords: The best you are capable of becoming that means so much.
We always do the best we arecapable of doing. Should we strivefor more, ALWAYS, but while striving we should be thankful that we still doing the best we can in that moment.
So on thisThanksgiving weekend please continue to give thanks but also receive some thanks foryourself, for you undoubtedly are the best you are capable ofbecoming.
In honor ofThanksgiving and the inspirational coach John Wooden, below is my entireconversation with the Wizard of Westwood himself.
Enjoy the episode,have a wonderful holiday and receive all the thanks for being you.