27 Gratitude Quotes to Reflect on When Reviewing Your 2024 Leadership Strategy Plan

27 Gratitude Quotes to Reflect on When Reviewing Your 2024 Leadership Strategy Plan

I often kick off the New Year with Anyway and The Paradoxical Commandments. This poem is a valuable reminder for us as leadership development influencers.

We are called to deal with a lot as we mentor the next generation of leaders and move our teams forward.

So here it is again. And to kick off my new Gratitude Series there are also some great Gratitude quotes for you to ponder on.

What would you add to the list?


The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down

by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

Anyway, and The Paradoxical Commandments, also remind me of the Grit required of us as we invest our time, talent, and treasure in those we care about, from the dining room to the board room.  I often use this “mantra” to encourage myself on the leadership journey. 

“That which was meant to break you, will build you.

That which was meant to destroy you, will deliver you.

That which was meant to wound you, will heal you.” 

~ Anonymous

It sounds negative, talking about things that will break, destroy, and wound me. And, my goal is to stay focused on the HOPE of build, deliver, and heal.

That’s why Gratitude is so important. Gratitude encourages and empowers us on that journey. It’s a leadership trait I want to mentor and model for my grandchildren and others I meet along life’s leadership path.

If there s one thing that helps me re-focus when it seems like there’s lots if “anyway stuff” happening, it’s seeing my grandchildren.  And when they’re all under one roof simultaneously, it doesn’t get much better than that!  After spending precious family time over the last couple of weeks, and making tons of new memories, I’m inspired to help create a world where my grandchildren can thrive.

I trust you find a few nuggets to kick off your New Year!



27 Gratitude Quotes to Reflect on When Reviewing Your Leadership Strategy Plan

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems. ~ Zig Ziglar

“Everything is habit-forming, so make sure what you’re doing is what you want to be doing.” ~ Wilt Chamberlain



“Some people have made up their minds to complain, but there is always hope for those you are thankful. Complaining and fear are the weeds that consume the potential of our lives. Thankfulness releases His grace and provision.” ~ Barry Bennett

“Thank God in all things. When you pray, pray with thanksgiving. The healthiest human emotion is not love but gratitude. It actually increases your immunities. It makes you more resistant to stress and less susceptible to illness. People who are grateful are happy. But people who are ungrateful are miserable because nothing makes them happy. They’re never satisfied. It’s never good enough. So if you cultivate the attitude of gratitude, of being thankful in everything, it reduces stress in your life.” ~ Rick Warren

“Learn to love situations that make you uncomfortable. It’s the only way that you’ll learn to become comfortable everywhere.” ~ Anonymous

“Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” ~ Wayne W Dyer.


“God will build your character so you can thrive in your calling. Don’t run from the trials. They aren’t detours. They are your training ground.” ~ John  Bevere

 “Gratefulness is a gift you give yourself that empowers others, leverages all your talents, and provides deep meaning and purpose to life.” ~ Danita Bye

“Kindness is gratitude in action.” ~ Brad Lantz

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” ~ Aesop

“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.” ~ F M Alexander



“Grumbling and gratitude are, for the child of God, in conflict. Be grateful and you won’t grumble. Grumble and you won’t be grateful.”~ Billy Graham

“If we want to find happiness, let’s stop thinking about gratitude or ingratitude and give for the inner joy of giving.” ~ Dale Carnegie

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven in the lives of others.” ~ Pericles

“The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you can’t learn anything from being perfect.” ~ Adam Osborne

“Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.” ~ Don Wilde

“Always make your gratitude greater than your success.” ~ John Maxwell

“A smart person knows what to say. A wise person knows whether to say it or not.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” ~ Brian Tracy

“The grateful heart will always find opportunities to show its gratitude.” ~ Aesop

“Failure is not failure to meet your goal. Real failure is failure to reach as high as you possibly can.” ~ Dr. Robert Schuller

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