Being Great is Being Grateful
May 12, 2016 by Cathy Brown
“Cultivate the heart of being grateful.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have worked for many leaders/bosses throughout my career, and have even been a leader myself. I have learned so much from each and every one of them…some what to do…and unfortunately some what not to do.
The lessons learned from the great leaders focused on appreciating your employees for without them and their efforts there would be no you! To a true leader, Gratitude, is a top priority. I think the following thoughts from The Abundance Project explains the benefit of gratitude and appreciation very well.
When it comes to succeeding in life, there are many ways you can take your success to a higher level. Of course, the most obvious way is to work harder, innovate and invest in the right tools and training. You can also network, and work with other people so that you boost each other up. This is all well and good, but when it comes to getting along with other people and a general mindset that can lead to greater levels of success, one of the best mindsets you can adopt is an attitude of gratitude.
When you always feel appreciative and thankful for opportunities that have come your way, as well as the many great people and circumstances in your life, you actually set in motion a chain of events that can lead to greater success in all aspects of your life. We’re not just talking about your business or career. We’re also talking about how well you get along with other people, your love life, and all other important facets of the human experience. Here are a few ideas on why attitude of gratitude is essential to greatness and success.
Gratitude awakens abundance
No matter who you are dealing with, whether it’s co -workers, supervisors, managers, employees, or even friends and loved ones, try to make yourself aware of things they do that you are thankful for. Take the time to sincerely express that gratitude freely and often. When you have an attitude of gratitude, the law of abundance is able to open up to you in ways that otherwise would not be possible. Your showing of gratitude for others makes others feel good about themselves, and in turn you feel good, and it begins a cycle of paying it forward. A simple thank you note can go a long way in building great relationships in both business and in life.
Great leaders are humble and grateful
Have you ever been around someone who talks only of themselves and brags about the things they do, or the things they have? It’s like that Toby Keith song: “Let’s talk about me, let’s talk about I, let’s talk about number one oh my me my…” It’s exhausting being around people who can’t see outside themselves to be able to look at what amazing things others have to offer.
What separates a good leader from a bad leader? A bad leader is often egotistical, judgmental and unforgiving. A bad leader is somebody who is basically in it just for himself or herself, and could care less about others. On the other hand, good leaders are those who are humble, open and grateful. Gratitude is an extremely important trait to have to be an effective leader. Rather than forcing their opinions and desires upon others, great leaders find ways to inspire, motivate and encourage the team to become great too. True leadership is all about inspiration. When you thank others, it gives you the proper mindset for success. It forces you to be humble and to be open to the contributions of others, and to be actively seeking ways to express thanks.
Showing appreciation motivates others
People like to be appreciated. The human spirit craves some sort of external validation and appreciation. Sure, we can go for some time without a pat on the back, a note of appreciation, or a kind encouraging word. However, gratitude sparks a level of enthusiasm within that is difficult to achieve otherwise. We are social animals and as part of this reality, we thrive on encouragement from others. It doesn’t have to be every day encouragement, but any positive validation has a great effect on our performance and self-worth.
Remember this when dealing with your children. Oftentimes, we don’t remember to show appreciation for our children. When you express sincere thanks and appreciation to your child, you spark a sense of esteem within them that will carry them through times of difficulty. You are also being a great example to them of how they should learn to treat others. Sadly, the ones we love the most, we often treat the worst. Try to make a point to compliment your children, your spouse, and those people closest to you that you often neglect to thank. It just might make their day.
Gratitude brings happiness
The best signal that you can project to others is that you are a happy, balanced and caring person. By developing an attitude of gratitude, it’s hard to be unhappy. If you’re able to achieve this level of happiness, your positivity can infect everyone around you. No matter how difficult things may seem, there are always things you can be thankful for. Every breath you take and every beat of your heart is a gift to be thankful for each day. When you focus on being thankful for all the blessings in your life, you will begin to feel happiness and joy. So, make it a point to focus on those wonderful things in your life, and your abundance will begin to soar.