Nothing Works Like Gratitude
By Donovan Grant
“… remember brothers and sisters, you can still stand tall, just be thankful for what you've got…”
The soothing vibes of William DeVaughn
Gratitude can be such a career life saver. Just being able to say “thank you” for who you are, for what you do and for what you have can be better for you than taking the best multi-vitamin from the health food store.
When I was down-sized from my corporate job a few years back ‘being thankful’ was the last thing on my mind. I had come face to face with the reality that the 'good old days' of a career for life were over! I was shocked. Sure, I got a nice severance pay. But that came from the years of quality service that I delivered. The golden handshake was ok. But, I lost my job and was feeling rejected. Gratitude, I don’t think so!
My normal optimistic attitude began to plummet fast and I had to change that!
This is the part I hate most- when your enthusiasm is so weak and lacklustre that you feel like you’re the world’s #1 victim!
But the gloom didn't last forever. It never does. Soon enough, my thoughts began to clear and I found it was more refreshing to look towards my future career.
With plenty of time on my hands I began to read a lot. I also listened to lessons from careers and business experts. The business guru Brian Tracy shared a message that had my name all over it…
"develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation."
Give thanks for everything.
Achieve something bigger than your current situation.
Initially I didn’t get it. But it came to me later on. I was looking for the magic solution; however the solution was so simple. I had to find a new meaning to the jobless situation I was in.
My perspective changed slowly but surely. I was grateful for being me. I was grateful for the people in my life. I liked the people who were coming into my life. I like the things I was doing. I was excited about what I was going to do. I was grateful for every little thing that happened in my life.
Living with an attitude of gratitude can change your whole outlook on life.
“Hey, what about you?”
Are you stuck in a rut? Are you facing job loss? Are you in need of a great life saver?
Remember brothers and sisters, you can still stand tall, just be thankful for what you've got.
Don't allow yourself to be held prisoner by the situation, thoughts or emotions. It's important that you look at the event for what it really is. I would highly recommend that you choose gratitude. When you are feeling grateful, you are in one of the highest human emotional states. And when there is gratitude, there is abundance.
Here are 7 of the things that I found to be grateful when I was down-sized:
1. It was a great opportunity to relax and recuperate
2. The Company provided me with a severance pay
3. We were offered the services of an Outplacement Coach
4. Taking my son to school was a treat for both of us
5. I had a in depth review of my transferable skills and strengths
6. I discovered my passion and qualified as a coach and a speaker
7. My network of family, friends and colleagues were a great support
Without a doubt, by creating my gratitude list I reaped many benefits and you can do this too.
If you are facing a job lay off, feeling stuck or just need a lift, please keep in mind that it is not all bad. Adversity always comes with hidden benefits waiting for you to discover them.
Instead of sitting there thinking "why me?" Or "what a mess I'm in!" I invite you to grab a pen, your journal and compile your own gratitude list. Keep moving forward.
I believe in you and I am grateful to you for allowing us to serve you each and everyday!
Donovan Grant is a "Honest and True Step By Step Career change" expert. His systems help the average career changer as well as high flier get extra-ordinary results quickly. www.donovangrant.com.