• Kevin and Brenita Jackson

Teaching Gratitude & Appreciation

Updated: Jun 4, 2019

Gratitude is a lifelong journey and it starts with appreciating people around you. Take a moment and think about something you appreciate about your inner circle, your parents, your spouse or your children right now. How much more can we build one another up by showing each other gratitude. It requires an intentional decision to find other people's strengths and gifts.

A lot of people take their lives for granted and forget just how precious the opportunity of life is.  As basketball players, we have the unique opportunity to play a sport we love and pursue education at the same time.  Both are a privilege. During our time in other countries, we know that this is a privilege we recognize and cannot take for granted.

One way to teach humility is through community service.  Not just getting into the community to show face, instead to engage people around you to learn their story.  We like to take our team to different types of environments to show them that everyone does not get to wake up and do something they love everyday.  Some people have not had that opportunity or are in the hospital fighting for their lives.  Anything involved with kids is always nice because we get to give some inspiration to the up and coming generation.  We always tell our players to get their name and talk to them.  Learn something about them that you could relate to like "Do you both have an older brother?" or "Is your favorite food pizza?"  This makes the conversation more personal and gives a connection.

Why teach humility?

We all should feel humility each day that we wake up to see another day.  If we are not giving back to someone else and engulfing ourselves with helping others, then we are not doing our society any justice.  We cannot sit back and wait on someone else to initiate change.  I like to inspire my players with: "If you want change, then you have to change something you are doing" 

Mentoring event with Tango Tab in Plano, TX

Team Building is an on going process and one pivotal piece is teaching humility. Take time to recognize people who are committed and invested in your team. Honor those that have faithfully fulfilled their role both publicly and privately. Show appreciation for the people that show up each day to keep the team going forward. People will be around you for a season and the seed of gratitude is a great seed to sow. The harvest of that seed will create a winning culture that welcomes and invites people through our gratitude. We teach others how to be a great teammate and submit to the order of leadership through humility and expressing gratitude.

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