If you have a problem that feels complex, it’s really natural to (unconsciously) yearn for a complex solution to it. It’s also really normal to brush aside solutions or tools that feel too simple, things you already know.
Like the other night.
I was having a conversation with my mom on the phone about something I was stressed about. It was way late, and I was downing sour gummy worms.
I am aware that sleep deprivation combined with candy is not a success strategy.
Still, when my mom urged me to just go to bed, I brushed off her recommendation.
It’s a childish example, but I think we adults behave like this all the time.
We resist disciplining ourselves to do the things that could lead us toward the outcome we want.
Sleep wasn’t the lightbulb solution, but it facilitated it.
So, especially if you “already know” this, I don’t want you to brush off the power of gratitude and appreciation.
Actively practicing gratitude raises your mental state.
...Which makes you better at everything beneficial.
Unless you’re an exception to the research. But you’re probably not.
I don’t check my email or look at my calendar before engaging in my morning ritual, of which gratitude is a staple. It’s not because I’m touchy-feely (though I am), it’s because I’m strategic.
My morning routine comes out of respecting the research.
I ask my clients to start every session with their wins because that elevates our mental states. Which means better ideas.
It’s that Einstein concept that we can’t solve a problem from the same level of consciousness that created it.
On this holiday that’s about gratitude, I want to invite you to incorporate strategic gratitude into your life in order to support your career. Harvard and others have already done the research for you. Here are the very simple (easily dismissible) tools:
Write down 5 new things you’re grateful for every day.
Elaborate, in writing, on something positive that happened in the past 24 hours.
Share specific gratitude with someone.
Those 3 gratitude cultivators, plus 2 minutes of mindfulness and 20 minutes of cardio form the intervention that Shawn Achor has implemented at half of the Fortune 100s.
According to the research Achor shares of his colleagues, brains in an elevated state, compared with neutral, negative, or stressed, are more effective across every positive category measured.
And gratitude is a reliable way to elevate your state.
Plus, training your brain to scan its environment for positive possibilities is deeply relevant when it comes to your job search or business growth.
I appreciate you reading. I’m in your corner and available for a free strategy session here, too.
Emma Garrett is an Executive Career Coach, helping high-integrity leaders position themselves for what’s next in work and life. Ready to start doing things differently? Consider scheduling a free call to share your situation and goals or checking out the resources at www.emma-garrett.com.