Power Gratitude

The Power Of Gratitude

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I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude. I am a firm believer in the concept, “you get what you give” and have seen it play out in my life (and the lives of others) on a regular basis.

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In everything we do and say in our lives, we are emitting energetic vibrations and those frequencies that we emit come back to us in the same fashion. (Some refer to it as karma).

Therefore, being kind and loving will bring that back to you, as will being angry and frustrated. The more angry and frustrated you are, the more you experience things around you that are frustrating and make you angry. The more kind and loving you are, the more you get back experiences that include kindness and love. If you think about it, I’m sure you’ll recognize how this concept plays out in your life.

And, that’s why this practice of gratitude is so important. The more you appreciate what you have in your life, the more you receive and experience things that you can appreciate. Why? Because typically you attract into your life that which you focus upon. It’s amazing (but not surprising) that during the recent presidential election two different individuals had completely different reports about the presidential debates.

One interpreted things President Obama said as very condescending and inaccurate, whereas the other interpreted what he said as applicable and respectful. Both watched the debate and saw completely different things because they were focused on different things. One focused on what Obama was doing wrong and one focused on what he was doing right, and that’s exactly what they experienced.

That’s why expressing gratitude and appreciation is so important. Each day, despite how awful the day might have been, I find and write down (in my gratitude journal) at least five things for which I am grateful. Sometimes I am simply grateful that the day is over and for the unconditional love of my animals, but regardless, I list five. The more things I list, the more I find to be grateful for because that’s what I am focusing my energy and attention upon.

I use this concept in my coaching practice with my clients. I find that many of my clients in high level leadership roles and high pressure positions deal with a lot of negativity, and are often focused on what’s wrong in their environment and the problems that need to be solved. While this is clearly a part of their job, it’s also important for them to focus upon what’s right and what there is to appreciate.

When I suggest focusing upon what’s right and ask them what they are grateful for in their position, I’m sometimes met with a bit of resistance; however, when they take a step back and pause for a minute, it becomes quite easy for them to articulate what they appreciate about their leadership positions.

Does this eliminate the problems they have to solve? No, but it does allow them to approach the problems from a more positive perspective which then makes the problems easier to solve. They also notice that when they focus upon what they are grateful for with their teams, they begin to elicit more of those behaviors from the team. Focusing upon the positives and appreciating those characteristics draws more of that behavior into their environment. Yes, THAT is exactly why I keep a gratitude journal. The more I focus on appreciation, the more I receive things to appreciate.

The same holds true for all of us. Even if you are in a job situation or on a career path where you want to make changes or are unhappy, try to find five things about your current situation for which you are grateful. Even if it’s that you are grateful that you know you want to find another job or a new career path; be thankful for that! Keep a gratitude journal for the next 60 days and each day write down five things to appreciate. I guarantee that by day 60, you will have many more things showing up in your life for you to keep appreciating!

This month’s development tip: Start a gratitude journal specifically related to your career or leadership role. Every day write down at least three things you are grateful for related to your career or your role as a leader.

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Andria Corso

Andria Corso, founder of C3-Corso Coaching & Consulting, has worked with a variety of Fortune 100 C-suite leadership teams who want to promote their expertise.

14 comments

  1. I agree that being grateful for our blessings is key to living a fulfilling life. I also believe that a thankful heart is evident in our expressing gratefulness to the people we work with and who work for us also. Showing our appreciation for the people in our lives leads to more opportunity because we are better leaders, are more approachable and more coachable. All of these characteristics lead to success with co-workers and clients that inevitably make us more successful and in turn gives us more things for which to be grateful.

  2. This reminds me of “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne. Gratitude is a powerful thing indeed! Always learn to say thank you.. And for that, THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS! :)

  3. Dear Andrea: Such as simple, basic, and, yes, age-old concept yet elusive for far too many people. Thanks for reminding the readers, once again, the importance and power of gratitude. Gratitude is the gateway to peace of mind and empathy. It has made a tremendous impact on my life and of those close to me. Thanks, again.

  4. I couldn’t not show my gratitude to you Andria, for writing this piece. I have shared it on LinkedIn, like others before me, spreading good karma benefits us all. I kind of knew about this concept having read The Secret, but empathise so much more with your simplistic narrative style. Thanks for making today special.

  5. Dear Andria Corso.
    This has been found so helpful to me as a junior manager for 23 yrs exprience. I have been in this psition for such long but with different institutional transitions. I had been wondering around all along searching for breakthrough to development at worplace without wayforward. I believe now, that the answer is found. Could you please further assist in terms of Performance Assessment Interview and how appropriately render this forever changing and a problematic subject at workplaces?
    Eager to here more from you, is James M.
    Thank you!

  6. Thank you Andria Corso! Excellent topic and very well written article. Good time for many to quit stinking thinking.
    I appreciated this so much that I shared it in the A.R.K. (Random Acts of Kindness) group in LinkedIn. I saw that you are not a member of that group, so wanted you to know where it is now found there again. KUDOS~~~

  7. Thanks so much for your article. I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for several years now and I can honestly say my life is much different (and much better) than it was before my journal. I appreciate you!

  8. Thanks for the sharing. I agree with you. you reap what you is moral I learnt very young and believe and base my life on. The gratitude journal is a good advice take home. I will begin it.

  9. Hi Andria,

    Thanks for your useful article. Though I’m not sure of receiving more for our gratitude, I like gratitude for other reasons. Gratitude gives us peace. Only if we feel grateful, do we are at peace with self and others. For that, we need to appreciate what is given. And that happens only when we give up comparing and competing with others. Comparison and competition in turn, do not arise only if we don’t expect anything personally out of our efforts/status.

    I agree that generally our focus decides the positive/negative nature of our experience, as most of our situations contain both benefits and difficulties together.

  10. Andria THANK YOU! I could write an essay on why this is such a great message. But I hope this is sufficient. This is putting out positive energy and passing it along to me and I will pass it along to others. What a great impact. Thank you for taking the time to write and share. Blessings and Peace!

  11. 1 – Thanks Andria, I love it all.
    2 – Thanks Andria, I love it all.
    3 – Thanks Andria, I love it all.
    4 – Thanks Andria, I love it all.
    5 – Merci beaucoup Andria, j’ai bien aimé!

  12. This absolutely works. I too keep a gratitude journal and find that I sleep better and wake up wanting to give and receive more gratitude. Love this article and thank you!

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