If we peer beneath the surface of visionary entrepreneurs and inspiring business leaders, we discover a trait that often goes unspoken, yet profoundly influences their success – gratitude. This isn’t just a fleeting, momentary feeling of thanks. Instead, it’s a deeply ingrained practice, a mindset that forms the backbone of their leadership brilliance.

Gratitude isn’t just a nicety; it’s a potent tool waiting to be harnessed in the pursuit of joy, fulfillment, and success. As the renowned philosopher Cicero once said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” Therein lies the crux of this transformative world, a world that can shape your journey towards becoming not just a good leader, but a great one.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough,”  says That Gratitude Guy, David George Brooke.   And isn’t that what every entrepreneur dreams of? To turn their vision into reality, to convert their resources into wealth, to transform their dreams into legacies. The practice can be a transformative element in this journey.


A Gratitude Planner

A gratitude planner is one of the many tools that could assist in this transition. Documenting what you are thankful for, no matter how small, can help shift your perspective from what’s missing, to what’s existing and thriving. The planner isn’t just a diary, it’s a mirror reflecting your blessings, a compass guiding you toward positivity, and a beacon illuminating the path of resilience. My friend David, whom I mentioned earlier in this post, has a simple gratitude journal that has helped thousands of people begin and curate their gratitude practice.  Get your copy here.


But how do the world’s most successful leaders harness the power of gratitude?

Let’s take the example of Oprah Winfrey, one of the world’s most successful and influential women. Part of her daily routine includes maintaining a gratitude journal, where she writes down five things she’s grateful for each day. This practice, she says, has been integral to her success. 

Any coffee lovers out there? Then let’s consider Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, who continually expressed gratitude towards his employees, acknowledging their hard work and dedication. His acknowledgment and appreciation fuelled the growth of Starbucks into a global giant.  

Leadership isn’t just about setting goals and achieving them; it’s about inspiring those around you to strive for more. Gratitude, when practiced consciously and consistently, can create an environment of positivity and motivation.  It fuels confidence and helps us lead with purpose, recognizing the contributions of our teams and fostering a collaborative and thriving work environment

Gratitude is not a fleeting emotion; it’s a transformative mindset that shapes our leadership journey. Amidst the demands of your roles, embracing gratitude empowers you to lead authentically, nurture meaningful connections, and navigate challenges with resilience. 

When you express gratitude, you inspire others to follow your lead, fostering a culture of appreciation and empowerment within our organizations. Leading with a grateful mind, you can turn every situation into a gift or opportunity.


Gratitude is a Journey

Gratitude is a journey, not a destination. Start today with a simple, heartfelt ‘thank you.’ Make being grateful a habit, a lifestyle. By expressing appreciation, you create a ripple effect of positivity that not only enhances your life but also inspires those around you.  The world of greatness awaits, and with it, the promise of joy, fulfillment, and elevated leadership brilliance.

Remember, “The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for. Grab your journal and let’s elevate our leadership journey by celebrating the wonderful things that grace our lives every day. 

P.S. For more inspiration, visit Forever Wellness Lifestyle, where gratitude is at the heart of each step on your journey to better health and greater success.  Embrace the attitude of gratitude, and let the magic unfold in your life! 





Denise Stegall

Denise Stegall

Meet Denise E. Stegall, the CEO and Curator of Living Healthy List.com. With 25 years of experience and study in nutrition, cooking, exercise, and coaching, she helps female entrepreneurs and businesswomen curate a healthy, happy, and productive life.

As an inspirational thought leader, Denise provides honest, research-backed information on health, wellness, personal development, and fun for real-life application. Her platform, Living Healthy List, is a go-to community for health and wellness resources, empowering positive changes and creating the life you want.

Denise’s background in nutrition and her philosophy of “Eat Real Food, Make Good Decisions, and Be Accountable” shaped her International Best Seller, “Healthy Living, Happy Life: A Practical Path to Finding the Healthy Lifestyle That Works for You!”

She goes beyond her book and Living Healthy List to offer “Forever Wellness Lifestyle ,” a groundbreaking group coaching model with individualized roadmaps for true health, balance, stress management, confidence, and an uplifting lifestyle. Denise E. Stegall is devoted to empowering individuals to embrace holistic well-being and fulfillment.

“Living a healthy lifestyle does not have to be hard! “