As an American, this is the time of year that I tend to reflect on the people and things I am grateful for. There’s just something about expressing gratitude that makes me feel good. It seems to calm any stresses that are going on in my life, helps me focus on the positive things that are happening, and gives me a better outlook. Not only that, but it also motivates me. With that said, it begs the question, why do we only take time out for this once a year? And more importantly, why aren’t we practicing gratitude when it comes to our careers?
5 Reasons Why We Should Practice Gratitude in our Careers
1. Focuses on our Success
As Willie Nelson sang, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative”. When we start focusing on our successes and our positive achievements, all of the negatives fade into the background. In your career, you are bound to experience some negativity, such as mistakes, failures along the way, etc. It’s so important that you don’t allow that negativity discourage you and prevent you from seeing the things that you are really good at.
When we practice gratitude, we give our successes more power over our failures and any negativity within our lives.
2. Alleviates Stress
Something happens to me, mentally, when I express gratitude. I find that practicing gratitude helps to limit the daily stresses that can sometimes occur within any career. A great example of this, is when I’m feeling stressed out about a project I am working on. By taking a moment out of the day to reflect on what I’m grateful for, the stress I was feeling on that project can seem unnecessary and a lot smaller than I originally thought.
3. Clears our Minds
Another thing that can happen through the practice of gratitude is that we begin to see things clearer than before. It’s surprising how much negativity can weigh us down and consume us—no matter how large or small the negative issue may be. This can prevent us from being able to clearly think things through and move forward. By practicing gratitude, we can help clear all of that negative clutter in our minds.
4. Motivates us to Take Action
When we are able to clear out the negativity, we are much more likely to be motivated and take action towards our goals. Think about how you feel when you allow negativity to get you down. It’s not an uplifting feeling. In fact, it’s quite a downer—a demotivator. However, when you are feeling positive and focused on your successes, it’s a lot easier to get motivated and go after your goals.
5. Gives us the Opportunity to be Successful
With all of this said, it’s really a no brainer that practicing gratitude will provide us the opportunity to be successful in our careers. When we focus on our successes, remove stress, clear our minds, and take action, the possibilities of success are tremendous!
Now that you know the why, let’s talk about how to express gratitude in your career.
3 Ways to Express Gratitude in our Careers
1. Weekly Wins
I once had a manager who religiously pulled our team together every week for us to share our individual and team wins for the week. While some people may roll their eyes at this and think it is a waste of time, I will tell you right now that it was incredibly efficient in keeping the team’s positive momentum going. No matter how many negative things had occurred during the week, each person was always able to think of one good thing that happened, or that they accomplished. As we stood in a circle, sharing our wins—big and small—it was as if there was an incredible energy boost amongst the team. This positive group session allowed us to close the week out on a good note, giving us the opportunity to look towards a new week with a positive outlook.
For this reason, I highly recommend that you start focusing on your weekly wins at the end of each week. You don’t have to be a part of a team to do this. It can be as simple as sharing your wins with a colleague, a friend, your career coach, or even writing down your wins each week and reflecting on them by yourself. No matter how you do it, you will notice a change in your attitude and your preparedness for the following week.
Another way to express gratitude is to reward yourself. If you accomplished a challenging goal that you set out to tackle for the week, you could treat yourself to your favorite bottle of wine or a hot cuppa at your favorite coffee shop. These rewards do not have to be big—save the big rewards for the really big goals.
Rewarding yourself a little along the way helps you to thank yourself and show appreciation for yourself, even for the small successes and achievements.
3. Show Appreciation to Others
Let’s not forget the importance of showing gratitude to others. There’s just something about telling someone “thank you” for their business, help, or support that promotes positivity. Express gratitude to your co-workers, customers, and to those who support you and believe in you.
Today, I would like to express my gratitude to you, reader, for stopping by and reading this post. By following along and reading my blog, even if you don’t comment, I’m hopeful that you are getting something valuable out of my posts.
Because I am grateful for your time, I’m expressing my gratitude to you by offering you $5 off my Complete Career Guide Package for this week. When you purchase the package from my online market, enter the promotional code GRATITUDE. I believe that you can have a career filled with joy and this package will offer you guidance on how to take action and pursue your career. This is my “thank you” to you.
How will you practice gratitude in your career?