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Gratitude is an
attitude. It helps you look at and be pleased by what is right with the world. You
may know people who feel and share gratitude and find they are well regarded
during their career. Being grateful for your job, your health, and your family
emits optimism. It can help make you feel better despite the situation you are
in at the moment. This holiday season, work on some new ways to be thankful. You could
even find that gratitude plays a role in your future career path. Here are some
ideas you might find helpful:
gratitude for holiday seasons. Make it a daily practice. You can begin by
focusing on others. Observe. Listen. What do you see that stands out? Making
eye contact while talking with someone shows respect. Saying “thank you” shows
appreciation. For instance, one way to show gratitude is to maintain eye
contact while telling someone, “Thank you for taking the time to discuss this
challenge with me. It helped me find a better solution.” Pretty simple, right?
Gratitude can help open doors.
important to cultivate on any career path. How can you incorporate gratitude in
your networks of friends, colleagues, and clients? Maybe it could be something
as easy as offering help to a stressed out boss or coworker, or seeking common
ground when meeting new people. Building rapport through gratitude means that
you appreciate other people’s perspectives. A typical phrase might be, “I’m
glad you asked that…” or “That’s a good approach I never considered.”
Be grateful for
the team that helps you get where you want to go. You can find that gratitude
is reciprocated with loyalty and effective productivity. Even if you don’t have
anyone who reports to you now, treat those around you with respect and show
them how much you appreciate what they do. If you are leading a meeting, thank
people for arriving on time, for being prepared, or for asking insightful
If you are not
the one leading the team, demonstrate these behaviors to show gratitude for the
leader’s time. Share news and information with people who you think will be
interested in it. Such behavior becomes a part of your reputation, which will
follow you throughout your career.
expression of gratitude is heartfelt and sincere without much thought of “what’s
in it for me.” The recipients of such authenticity may be more loyal and
effective team members, as they want to help each other and the organization.
They could also tend to find reasons to be thankful themselves.
It’s okay to
admit that you don’t know everything. Many professionals may be asking: “Where
are the teachable managers?” In today’s competitive work environment, some are
stymied by their sensitivity to criticism or are driven by arrogance. Gratitude
allows you to demonstrate interest and enthusiasm for other people’s ideas.
When deadlines need to be met, humility can be one key to mobilizing a team.
When team members know they are appreciated, they could be more likely to stand
with you and take an interest in your career development.
Be grateful for
challenges and opportunities. For education and training. What you learn is in
part based on your ability to ask questions and be curious. Find people,
classes, and projects that push you to learn more. Showing your gratitude can
be as simple as mentioning something you learned while talking with a
colleague, attending a class, or working on a project.
can serve as a motivator to do more tomorrow. Gratitude often infuses people
with the ability to be flexible, change, innovate, and grow. When you brighten
someone’s day you both feel good.
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Maintaining a Proper Balance When Pursuing Your Goals
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