Feeling discouraged at work these days?
There may be a myriad of problems that may be going on at work right now, leaving you to wonder what you have gotten yourself into and whether it’s time to find new employment.
But before you explore those options, consider creating a hit list. A gratitude hit list.
Don’t keep score of what’s wrong – counting score will only keep you bitter and rob you of time and energy that you could use toward achieving your career goals. Consider keeping a record of your experiences, people you’ve interacted and lessons learned. A gratitude journal can help you gain new insight into your career and turn a negative situation into a positive.
Keeping a journal can also help you re-frame your experiences as lessons that are beneficial for your growth. A journal is a perfect tool to help you sort through your career experiences and bring clarity.
How to Create Your Gratitude Journal
Your journal should be simple and easy to access. The first step is to decide the type of journal you want to use. Your journal can be a hardcover or spiral paper notebook. Or, you can also use word processing software or an app.
The next step is to begin writing. But where to begin?
Write about the job. What part of the job are you thankful for? How has the job helped you? Even if the job is not ideal, what purpose does it serve for you right now? Does it allow you to pay your bills? What have you learned through this job? What new skills or abilities have you uncovered since being in this position? What opportunities has this job connected you to? What people have you met that you may not have otherwise met? What has your experiences in this job taught you about yourself?
What about your employees? They help you accomplish your company’s mission. How have you thanked them?
You can also document your successes. Express your gratitude to those who help you and the lessons you have learned.
Conversely, you can record your career shortcomings. What lessons have you learned? Are you thankful for the insight that those experiences presented?
You can also write about your problems at work. What can you do now to change the situation? Is there something that someone else can do? What lessons is this problem trying to reveal to you? Have you learned the lesson?
I’m a firm believe that everything that happens is a life lesson. It’s your responsibility to find the lesson in your experiences. Use your career endeavors as a stepping stone to achieve your purpose.
Do It Now: Create Your Gratitude Hit List
Who are those persons who helped you become the person you are? Who have you followed that served as a point of reference on navigating your career? Is it a former employer, a friend or someone you’ve never met?
Once you create your hit list, make it a point to thank those people. Once you create your hit list, make it a point to thank them. Write a note, send a card, send an email or, if possible, thank them in person.
And, if you’re in the position to give your employees a bonus, why not do so? If a bonus is not possible, you could give gift cards, pay for lunch or give tickets to a show. These gestures of gratitude will strengthen your work relationships.
There may be many things wrong at your company; however when you view your job in a place of gratitude, you may be able to rid of any bias you may have toward the situation and gain greater clarity.
Thankfulness is a choice. When you are thankful for your experiences, you are open to exploring overlooked possibilities.
Make a daily habit of writing your gratitude hit list. You’ll begin to see opportunities that you may never see if you focus on what’s wrong.