Spirit Driving Institute Leila Johnson – Transformation Teacher


Being Thankful or Showing Off?

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. As a foodie, I love the fact that it has no pretense. It's all about food and fun. Then, comes the shopping and December holiday madness. :)

Thanksgiving is also about giving thanks (duh!). So, I thought it would be good to discuss the fine line between being thankful for what you have versus being boastful. This season is an ideal time to show thanks for what you have (and even what you don't have). It's basically about being happy with where you are in your life and understanding that the present serves a purpose.

At what point does being thankful turn into being boastful? When do people feel like you're just showing off? Do you feel uncomfortable talking about your success because you fear that it will be taken away? Do you worry that others will be jealous and not want to associate with you?

I find myself in an interesting position with this topic. As you know, I believe that success is about more than just money. So when I speak of being successful, I'm not saying that I'm rolling in the dough. At the same time as an author focused on success, are others expecting me to be "winning" in all aspects of my life and business 100% of the time?

I would love to hear how other authors, coaches, self-improvement gurus, etc. handle this same topic. Also for the entrepreneurs and professionals who are on their own success journey, how do you handle walking this fine line?


A Dedication

To my grandmother,
who inspired me spiritually;

This is part of the dedication from my book, Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel. Today would have been my grandmother's 100th birthday. She was a big part of my life since she lived with us from a little bit after I was born until I was 16.

Also, she had a strong influence on me spiritually. Here's a short passage from my book to give you a window into her Personality:

...I grew up attending African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church services. My grandmother was devout and a regular church-goer. She also taught me a lot about the Bible and how to lead my life in a spiritual way. Even though she was was dedicated to the AME church, I can remember her opening the door for Jehovah's Witnesses and purchasing their kid's books for me. They were colorful, fun, and quite accessible for a young child. Her simple act taught me to be open and accepting of all spiritual beliefs.

It would have been wonderful to have her live to see this day when her "little baby" published a book. I know that she continues to watch over me.

I just wanted to take a minute to acknowledge my grandmother. It's also a great time to give yourself a chance to reflect on those who have had a positive influence on your life.

Love & Light,

Leila Johnson