Hello SOTGC community,
I am very grateful to have been invited to join the SOTGC contributors and I look forward to building and growing a relationship with you as we focus on how gratitude can help you both professional and personally.
Have you ever considered how gratitude can be a part of career advancement? Is gratitude a topic that crosses your mind on a daily basis? Or are you simply reminded to be grateful when you see an inspirational quote on Instagram? I have spent the last decade of my life growing my own gratitude practice and writing about it daily for several years and what I can share with you is that when you build your career and your life on a foundation of gratitude, life becomes a lot easier and success comes more quickly.
Gratitude Tip: The first step to becoming more grateful is to wake up every single day and simply say thank you for this gift of another day.
How many of you wake up every morning with a smile on your face, grateful for another day and the opportunity to be service and make a difference in other peoples’ lives? Those first few moments of the day can set the tone for everything else that unfolds through the day, so it’s crucial that we start with gratitude.
When you’re looking to make a change in your career or advance to the next level, how can you integrate a gratitude practice? Let me share with you my most practical tips for making gratitude a part of the process.
First, give thanks for where you are today. Sure, you might not be in the role of your dreams and your boss might be a little hard to handle, however if you have a job and salary, you’re already ahead of many others today. Write down 10 – 12 things that you are grateful for right now about your current role. Keep this list in your purse or wallet or take a photo and save it to your phone.
Second, take inventory of all of the people who have helped you to get where you are today. And then send them a hand-written thank-you note. Take out your special occasion pens and all of the beautiful leftover wedding stationary and write them a letter of thanks. Take a bit of extra time to thank those who gave you a hard time or made your life a bit more difficult, because it’s thanks to those people that you’ve become the person you are today. Our most challenging relationships can be our greatest teachers.
Next, if you already know where you want to go from your current role (or maybe you’re currently searching for a new role), use a written gratitude intention to send your intentions out into the Universe. Here’s how to do it. Start with a daily gratitude journal and write down three things that you are grateful for, specific to that day, before you go to bed. Add a 4th gratitude intention, what that means is that you write down what you’d like to have happen in your life, in the present tense. For example:
‘I am truly grateful to be the Senior Marketing Manager at XYZ Marketing, earning a minimum salary of $150K per year.’
The more clear you are with your intention, the more easily it will come into your life. Don’t forget about the three things you’re grateful too! That’s a crucial part of the process. The three things will be different every day but the intention will stay the same until you’ve manifested it into reality.
Finally, make sure that gratitude is a part of every step in the process. Turned down for the interview? We can be grateful by knowing that it wasn’t the right time or place for us. Got the interview? Send a hand written thank-you card within 24 hours of the interview. Accepted the new role? Instead of a going away lunch, why not host a thank you lunch for your peers and your boss? Make sure that when you do leave others remember you as someone who left with grace and gratitude, even if you’re leaving a bad situation.
How will you use these strategies to implement gratitude into your day? Are there other ways that you have used gratitude to help you to advance in your career?
Julie Boyer is the Gratitude Guru and her mission in life is to inspire everyone to wake up and simply say thank you. She has just completed a one year Daily Gratitude Project on her blog, where she continues to blog daily about gratitude, leadership, lifestyle and nutrition. Visit www.julieboyer.com to see the latest blog, or sign up here for a daily dose of gratitude.