I love to talk about goals. I believe in achieving your goals. But I have realized we have become consumed with the goals mindset.
I live on goal setting and empowering young professionals to achieve their goals. But what if there was another way? What if there was a way to get what you wanted and you would feel relaxed about it? No pressure!
I have learned gratitude is a powerful key to achieve your goals.
Last year, I left my 9 to 5 job. I tried different ways to make money. I got myself involved in funny episodes. I lost money and I found myself flat broke.
It was hard to get back up. It was hard to admit I had failed or I had been duped. I am still paying back the money I lost.
Am I grateful? Should I be grateful? I complained for a long time. I refused to admit I was wrong. I didn’t want to face myself. I struggled with my pain and disappointment.
But I have now learned life teaches you lessons along the way. These lessons have a way of preparing you for your future.
Gratitude has helped me in more ways than I can imagine.
I’ve realized when I complain, it dries up my creativity. I can’t think. I can’t produce. I need to keep coming up with great products and not being grateful dries me up.
I decided to return to the corporate world this year. When I resumed, I realized the project I was employed to manage had not started. After six months, I was transferred to the Revenue Accounting department. Despite the fact I was never an accountant, I gave it my all. I became a star. I shone because I had the mindset of gratitude.
Last month, I got a call from HR informing me I had been transferred to the IT projects department. I didn’t want to leave the revenue accounting department. Despite the initial disappointment I had when I was transferred there, I had begun to enjoy it.
I have learned a few benefits about gratitude which I would like to share.
Gratitude is a powerful key to unlocking your hidden potential
When you are grateful, you see opportunities around you. When you stay in a state of complaint, you are consumed with yourself. This makes you lose sight of the potential within you.
Complaining makes you see only negativity. I realized when I had a negative mindset, I lost sight of the opportunities around me. I was focused on what I didn’t have and I didn’t look within to explore what I did have.
Gratitude increases your productivity
Not being grateful drains you of your energy. This affects your productivity. You can’t produce at an optimal level because you have no energy.
Gratitude releases hormones within you that get you enthusiastic about life. Enthusiasm increases your energy levels and you find yourself more productive.
Gratitude helps you achieve your goals
Do an exercise this week. Write at least one thing you are grateful every single day. Do this in the morning or before the end of the day.
You will realize at the end of the week that you have gotten to know yourself more. Through this process, you have also realized strengths you have and you need to enhance. In these strengths, lies your dreams and goals. You will have more clarity about your purpose.
The art of gratitude is an art you need to learn and practice daily. You cannot achieve your goals without it.
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Dedicated to your success,