Here’s why gratitude works not just around the holiday table but for your career as well:
Gratitude puts you in a spirit of plenty – of having, instead of lacking. This leads to confidence, energy and a position of strength that is attractive to the people around you, whether it’s prospective employers or senior management looking for whom to tap for leadership.
Gratitude focuses you on what is working in your life. Similarly, for good career management and job search, you want to focus on what is working and repeat what works and expand this to other areas. You don’t want to spend all of your energy troubleshooting problems. Of course you need to pay attention and fix any strategies or behaviors that aren’t getting the results you desire. But more importantly focus on what works well and do more.
Gratitude provides the foundation from which you can take risks. Once you realize all the great things you have accomplished and the strengths that you do have, you have confidence, you have patterns to follow, and you have a base off of which you can try new things. You can afford to be bold – you’ve achieved so much already. In this way, gratitude coats you in Teflon, and problems roll off of you more easily. Try a gratitude journal for a few days or weeks if you can, and see the benefits of gratitude as a career management tool.
This article may be reposted as long as this byline is included in its entirety: Caroline Ceniza-Levine is a career expert, writer, speaker and co-founder of SixFigureStart (www.sixfigurestart.com), a career coaching firm comprised of former Fortune 500 recruiters. Caroline is a co-author (along with Donald Trump, Jack Canfield and others) of the upcoming “How the Fierce Handle Fear: Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging Times” due out March 2010; Bascom Hill Books. Formerly in corporate HR and retained search, Caroline most recently headed University Relations for Time Inc and has also recruited for Accenture, Citibank, Disney ABC, and others. Caroline is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Professional Development at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, a life coach (www.thinkasinc.com) and a columnist for CNBC.com, Conde Nast’s Portfolio.com, Vault.com, Wetfeet.com and TheGlassHammer.com.