#029: How You Can Use Gratitude to Lead

I have never met anyone who wasn’t on a search to live a happy life. It seems we all want to be happy. But research has shown that as human beings we are more naturally inclined to look for negatives. A quick mental check of the people you know and the thoughts you routinely have likely has you nodding along in agreement. So how do we fix that?

Do you wish you spent more time finding the positive? Developing the Gratitude Habit can not only help you find more enjoyment in life but it will help you handle the challenges that come along more easily and even make you a better leader. Here’s why…

Brings you happiness – Developing a habit of being grateful will actually make you happier. You will recognize what you have to be thankful for, it will see the reasons for you to be happy. It will soon have you looking for reasons to be happy or ways to can create something to be grateful for each day.

Attracts others – We are naturally attracted to people who are grateful. They are generally more fun to be around. They are happier. They affirm us and let us know when they are grateful for us. What’s not to love about that??

Puts you into a positive mindset – By routinely seeking out things to be grateful for you start to naturally look for ways to be grateful. But it’s more than that… when you face challenges or obstacles your mind will look for ways to solve them. You will become more solution oriented. Handling problems will be easier!

Here are the steps you need to take for gratitude to become a habit in your life:

  • Daily Practice – Remember that building a gratitude habit is more then a once a year thing.
  • Set-up Triggers – These could be time-based triggers (in the morning, before bed, 3pm, etc) or activity-based triggers (tying shoes, eating, grabbing chapstick, etc.)
  • Look For It – The are many options for seeking gratitude from free writing what your thankful for to a gratitude list to in the moment thinking.
  • Express It – Let others know you appreciate them! Write thank yous, little notes, or simply tell them when they did a good job. Expressed gratitude is the ultimate form.

Tip of the Week

Use Your Smartphone calendar as a productivity tool.

Make your life more efficient by getting the most out of your phone’s camera. This tip is based off of a blog post written by The Time Management Ninja
  • Capture Whiteboard notes
  • Remember Details – Describe Something
  • Travel Assistance
  • Scanner for notes
  • Motivation
  • Ditch the Junk
  • Bar code scanner
  • Take a video
  • Connect with Facetime or Video Chat


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2. Happy New Year!! Next week’s episode on the topic of goal, How to go from resolutions to actual change.   Be sure to tune in next week! In fact, subscribe in iTunes so you don’t miss it.

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Quote: “Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” Margaret Lee Runbeck

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