Attitude of Gratitude

Why is it hard to find Attitudes of Gratitudes at work?  I have heard on occasion that being “too” thankful can be seen as “brown-nosing.”  (First, I want to know why we call it brown-nosing but I will leave that to another blog posting.).  We must monitor how often we say things like thank you, well done, what an inspiration, cool or awesome.  Apparently, if we are grateful “too” often, we are not authentic and have ulterior motives.  Who decided this?

We have concluded that those things that “should” be done don’t warrant gratitude.  In essence, if the trash needs to be taken out once a week or reconciling the budget is due and these tasks are completed, a thank you isn’t warranted.  It was expected that you do them, hence no need for gratitude.

I would like to offer that we create a different approach.  One in which we are grateful much of the time. Everyone knows that positivity and appreciation instill positivity and appreciation.  Most of us aren’t expecting gratitude for the things for which we are responsible, and don’t expect praise and appreciation. And yet, it is also true that none of us like to be taken for granted.

A good friend told me last week that none of us are promised to be here tomorrow.   Think about how often you are grateful for those around you and the work that they do.  Do you have an Attitude of Gratitude?

…thank you for reading my post…

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Changing Habits

I completely missed last Monday’s blog posting,  In fact, i didn’t even remember until Thursday that I hadn’t written one.





Wikepedia defines Habits as:

routines of behavior that are repeated regularly and tend to occur subconsciously.  Habit formation is the process by which a behavior becomes habitual.  As behaviors are repeated in a consistent context, there is an incremental increase in the link between the context and the action

How do we go about changing habits so that they become subconcious…automatic.  Here are five easy  steps you can take to make it happen.

1.  Enlist someone else to hold you accountable and to help you remember.  Although your habit change should be for you and because you want to change it, not for someone else. And because you believe it will enhance your life.

2.  Write it down–on a post it note, your calendar, the mirror in your bathroom.  It doesn’t matter where–except that you must see it without having to look for it.

3.  At the beginning, it might be wise to pick a scheduled time to change the habit.  While flexibility is good, it makes it harder to change the habit.

4.  Identify ways to celebrate the success of your habit.  For example, you might want to set a goal that says, “when I am successful for three months, I…., whatever it is that makes you feel rewarded.”

5.  Give yourself a break if you make a mistake.  Everyday is a new day.  Just because you mess up, doesn’t mean you can’t begin again.

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