I love gratitude.
This time of the year is the best time to learn how to express it.
The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Gratitude is an appreciation for what an individual receives, whether it is tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the good in their lives. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. They can apply it to the past by claiming positive memories and being thankful for elements of their childhood or past blessings, the present by not taking good fortune for granted as it comes, and the future by maintaining a hopeful and optimistic attitude. Regardless of the inherent or current level of someone’s gratitude, it’s a quality that individuals can successfully cultivate further.
So, how can gratitude change your mindset? Let’s take a closer look.
Gratitude journals have been known to help the reverse the cycle of negative thinking. The best way to do it is by just getting started and not overthinking how or a by employing a specific process. Make it a habit to write down thoughts about things in your life each day. Allow yourself just to write and not to overanalyze. A gratitude journal is a great way to think about what you’re grateful for in your life each day. What makes your life so amazing? What makes you feel blessed and happy? Think about those things and write about them!
There are some incredible benefits to keeping a gratitude journal, such as:
It is important to plan to maintain your journal on a consistent basis in order to continually capture all of the benefits. I love to write in mine each morning with a cup of coffee before I start my day. Some prefer to do it before bed because then they can capture their day. There isn’t a right or a wrong; it’s about just doing it!
Gratitude also has been known to improve health when it is expressed regularly. According to UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, expressing gratitude regularly literally changes the molecular structure of the brain, it keeps the gray matter functioning, and makes individuals healthier and happier. To consistently reap these health- and other- benefits we want to do this year-round. So, what else can gratitude do for us and our lives?
I have found that improving these things have also helped to improve other areas of life such as one’s career and job search and decisions related to those because it has improved the clarity and the power in which those decisions are made.
What better reason than to get started today?
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Scarcity. Not everyone is quite sure what this word means. In the simplest of terms, it means that one has a mindset that there will never be enough, whether that is money, food, emotions, or something else entirely. Most people suffer from scarcity and unfortunately, most people don’t realize it, either. However, when you suffer from scarcity your thoughts and actions stem from a place of lack. Instead of believing that you have enough or that there is plenty to go around, you cling to everything that you have out of fear of coming up short.
It can manifest as something small, such as not getting yourself a coffee even though you know you’re in dire need of caffeine or undertipping a server to much more substantial decisions, such as not investing in your retirement because you’re afraid of what might happen to the money or not changing jobs because you fear your salary might be less- so you settle and stay stuck and unhappy. This mindset keeps you from achieving wealth, growth, and advancement. Fear holds you back, so you’re constantly focused on keeping what you have and don’t seek new opportunities. So, you decline to fulfill your dreams, including your career dreams. You know that you’re underpaid but have a false sense of security by thinking you have to keep what you have and neglect to negotiate for more. Or you’re unhappy in your role and you would love to find something that fulfills you instead of feeling bored and like you’re not doing anything meaningful. But there’s a risk associated with that too because you have to give up your current paycheck and routine for something new and you prefer to cling to what you have.
The scarcity mindset also makes you feel unworthy of success and abundance. Instead, you will be focused on just getting by and avoiding any potential disaster. There likely won’t even be a reason to believe that things will even fall apart (this is an issue alone!) You will be putting all of your efforts towards just staying afloat so you will be reluctant to take any chances- even if it involves a small amount of money. The scarcity mindset will also force you to make poor choices and decisions. If you’re worried about your bank balance you might not want to open up your bills and even end up paying them at the last second- or worse, late. And I have news- the feelings do not go away on their own. In fact, they get EVEN worse, which increases the feelings of scarcity. So, how does all of this affect your career?
A scarcity mentality doesn’t see opportunities. Instead, it sees limitations. Change seems impossible and life is unfair. An abundance mindset is about believing that there is always more. This includes more opportunities, more ways to grow, and more ways to turn a bad situation into a success. And when someone is looking for new role, it can be mentally challenging. It requires an abundant mindset because not every interview will work out, not every role will be meant for you, and you won’t want each opportunity that is presented to you, either! It will force you to pass on opportunities and wait for the next one trusting the process and trusting that it exists and will appear.
So, let’s break this down a little further. Those with a scarcity mindset are more likely to hang onto a miserable job because they don’t think that they will ever find another one unlike those with an abundant mindset. Those with a scarcity mindset are more likely to fear competition, begrudge others of their accomplishments, and struggle relentlessly to achieve a milestone that proves you’ve arrived. In addition, they are likely to claim credit for themselves, constantly themselves to others, hold onto things that they never use, hoard money instead of making smart investments- even in oneself, and limits plans to only safe baby steps.
Your mindset is your choice. You can change it any time you’d like. You are not trapped there forever. We all have our circumstances that brought us there as well. However, as we grow up it is our choice to continue to stay there- or not. If you want to change your career and seek a massive salary increase, it will require an abundance mindset so you can think big and take the necessary risks. Once you remove the limitations placed on you, your career, and your life there is more than you could have ever imagined waiting for you!
Do you hate looking for a new job because you find interviews to be just so stressful? They can be, sure. But are you actually avoiding finding your dream career because you’re not sure you can ace a series of interviews?
Yup, I said it. It is. By doing so, it is self-sabotaging your own life and your own future.
Of course, an interview can be difficult and maybe won’t go your way, but does that mean you should settle?
A lot of job seekers come to me and harbor the fear that they are not “worth it” or “worthy” of a career change, earning more, putting themselves out there, and talking about their accomplishments.
Lots of them think that they need to go back to school for an advanced degree or stop changing roles because it will make them look like a “job hopper” or worse- like someone who can’t find their fit because they can’t get along with others.
Female job seekers are saying that they feel like an imposter because they don’t believe their own accomplishments, let alone having someone else believe it.
This is why I weave mindset work throughout my career coaching.
I understand how common it is for smart, accomplished, driven women who want to advance in their careers to get trapped in a role because they feel like talking about their accomplishments, asserting themselves, and having to “sell it” can be extremely difficult.
If you’re feeling this way, then know that you’re not alone.
You must have specific methods to clear these roadblocks, including training your mind to “brag” about your work, unblocking your negative self-talk, feelings of irrelevance, and limiting beliefs around success and money.
This is just a bit of what I help my clients do.
My proven mindset work will help you to develop the ability to sell your skills, develop a positive and healthy relationship with yourself, understand how amazing you truly are, and why you deserve your dream career!
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