Where’s Your Attitude of Gratitude?
“It’s your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.”
In light of the upcoming Holiday season, I’ve been talking a lot about how to maximize your sales potential on Amazon and ride out the rest of the year with a bang.
But now I want to slow it down for a moment and talk about something else that is even more important…
I’m talking about the spirit of gratitude and how it can not only positively affect your personal life, but your business as well.
Not Just Once A Year
In the US, there’s a general feeling of gratitude in the air when Thanksgiving and Christmas come around. Which is awesome, and one of my favorite parts of the Holidays, but I believe that it shouldn’t be limited to just one time a year.
Why not keep the good vibes going all year? What’s really stopping us from doing that?
I think it’s because most of us keep our professional lives and our personal lives separate
I get why we do that. There need to be boundaries when it comes to keeping work at the office and the rest of your life at home. Totally respect that.
BUT… sometimes our professional lives tend to demand so much of us, that our personal lives become easily overshadowed.
Then, next thing you know, your career is what’s actually running your life and that can have pretty bad consequences on your personal life.
This is where I think the separation can be a bad thing. And it makes the most sense to me as this being the cause of our lack of gratitude all year-round.
So how do we fix that? I think it starts with fixing our attitude.
Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
Our attitude is something we bring with us everywhere, whether it’s at work or at home.
If you’ve read any of my blogs in the past, you might know that I say this a lot:
The most important thing to change is also the easiest thing to change! And that’s our mindset and the way we think about things.
It’s not difficult to be grateful. You can even be grateful that you have eyes and a brain to read and understand this article right now!
We have a million things to be grateful for, even on our worst days. Yet our problem is simply that we forget. We always forget to be grateful for those million things.
So next time try and check yourself. Write down a list of 50 things that make you happy off the top of your head. They can be anything from your spouse and kids to your favorite chair that you love to sit in. Literally, anything that brings a smile to your face deserves to be on that list.
Make an effort to put that list together when you’re having a rough day and see the change in the way you feel by the time you’re done.
Don’t Hate, Appreciate!
This is where an attitude of gratitude can REALLY make an impact on the way you do business.
Whoever you interact with on the daily in your professional life deserves to be treated with gratitude. After all, they all play a part in why you are in the business in the first place.
Your partners, employees, managers, agents, manufacturing reps… imagine how they’ll treat you once you start letting them know that you appreciate them.
This goes a LONG way in business, especially now. It’s all about the relationship.
When the people you interact with in business know that you’re grateful for them, chances are they will be willing to work harder for you and bring more value to their responsibilities.
All of these positive little things adding up only contribute to further success and longevity.
Since we can’t always help how much our careers and businesses can be the most dominant things in our lives, the least we can do is work on our attitude about it.
If we focus on keeping that “attitude of gratitude” at work and at home, it makes a world of difference in the way we interact with our professional and personal lives, as well as the way they interact with us.
So while we sometimes should keep our professional and personal stuff separate, one thing that should be consistent throughout is how grateful we are for the people at work and at home.
This way of thinking makes a huge difference in how you grow through your journey, and it even has positive effects on how successful you can and will become!
Once you understand that, it only makes sense that you would want to keep that kind of attitude. And don’t limit the good it brings you to just one time a year.