Feeling discouraged at work these days?
Don’t keep score of what’s wrong – Counting score will only keep you bitter and rob you of the time and energy necessary to achieve your career goals. Instead, consider keeping a gratitude “hit list” of persons, experiences and lessons for which you are thankful. A gratitude journal can help you gain new insight into your career and turn a negative into a positive.
Use your gratitude journal to document people, things, and experiences you go through. Use your journal to 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.
How to Create Your Gratitude Journal
Your journal should be simple and easy to access. The first step is to decide the platform. Your journal can be a blank journal or a notebook. Or, you can also use word processing software such as Word or a journal app.
The next step is to begin writing. But where to begin?
You can begin by being thankful for the job that you have. There are so many people that would love to be in your position and have a steady paycheck. Even if the job is not ideal, what purpose does it serve? 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? Have you met wonderful people that you may not have otherwise met through your job? What have 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 helped you and the lessons you have learned from them.
You can record your career shortcomings. What lessons have you learned? Are you thankful for the insight that those experiences presented?
Thankfulness is a choice. When you are thankful for your experiences, you are open to exploring overlooked possibilities.
I’m a firm believer 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 achieving 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 never met?
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, give tickets to a show. These gestures of gratitude will strengthen your work relationships.
Make a daily habit of writing your gratitude. You’ll begin to see opportunities that you may never see if you focus on what’s wrong.