Inspiration through Gratitude: Strengthening Leadership
Gratitude has many benefits professionally, emotionally, and physically. I practice gratitude each morning before I get out of bed by writing in a gratitude journal. I record 5 things that I am grateful for each day in my journal on the free app, Journey. You can do this with a pencil and paper in your notebook, on a tablet, or laptop. In the past I have used Evernote, Google Docs, paper and pencil, or a Word document.
Practicing gratitude is an effective way to increase optimism. Even on my hardest days, I can usually find 5 things that I am GRATEFUL for; it could be as simple as having a roof over my head, food to eat, or great friends and family. I also list 3 to 5 things that would make the day GREAT! Sometimes this may include a great coaching session with a client or a wonderful workshop. Other times it may include having time for a nap or to catch up on some reading. I find this has been a great way to set my intentions for the day. The last thing I do is write 3-5 things that I AM. Most of the time, these are positive, including descriptors like optimistic, hopeful, energized, humble, grateful, or excited.
This daily gratitude journal is a constant reminder to me to stop and practice gratitude. I often ask many of my Executive coaching clients to develop a gratitude practice as a holistic approach to living and leading. I have found that when leaders express gratitude at work, it often trickles down to those they are responsible for. By serving as a role model of gratitude, you can help build a culture that promotes inspiration, empathy, self-esteem, and mental strength.
What are some ways that you practice gratitude at your work or personal life? Please share in the comments. If you have specific questions, ask me. I'm happy to help.
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