Being Thankful Isn’t Just Acting the Part
So there’s a lot of talk these days from self-help gurus and influencers about being “thankful” and showing gratitude in your life. A lot of the time it’s mentioned in the same breath as mindfulness and living “in” the moment and there’s a reason for that.
We live (and work) in a very fast-paced world, Covid-19 or not. It’s text messages and Zoom calls and on and on and on. So living in the moment may seem like an oxymoron, but really, it’s not. And we’re missing the boat!
When your focus is continually on what’s next and what needs done, we tend to overlook the things that are actively happening, or in a workplace setting, things that are already accomplished. And wow, if you think about it, that blows. What’s the point of trying hard to achieve something if you don’t take a moment to relish in it when it’s actually achieved?! That’s pretty much the definition of insanity, or close enough for this girl, anyway.
When we don’t take those moments to celebrate, it’s not just us that feels that underlying thud of buzzing stress, our team does as well. What was once a “high-five, fist-bump, chicken dance-moment” gets glossed over for the next big thing. And you can guess what happens then? Burn. Out. Fast.
See, we’re human. We love the thrill of the hunt. The pressure and determination to achieve. BUT we love those things because of the payoff, and it’s not always based on the cash. It’s the feeling of gratitude… kudos… feeling needed and appreciated. When those things start to evaporate our desire to keep trying starts to wane, as well.
So, the million dollar question is how do we get back to being in the moment and showing thankfulness and gratitude more often? It’s not an overnight switch. It takes practice and manifestation. But most importantly? You actually have to want to do it. And you should. Because a happy, fulfilled team is a team that’s killing it.
Here’s a couple of steps to get your mind in the right place, literally and figuratively.
Let the day start a little slower. The minute you wake up your mind floods with the onslaught of what’s coming up. PAUSE! Take a moment right there. Stop for a second and try and stop the thoughts. This’ll get easier over time so don’t get discouraged if it’s like holding up a paper towel to stop a tidal wave. You’ll get there.
This would be a good time to take a moment to BREATHE!
Share the Love
Once you’re at work take a moment at your desk and give someone a genuine compliment on something they’ve done well. You’d be surprised how that can kick the day off on the right foot and put the entire team on a different level.
It's important to remember that your team is likely feeling that same potential dread of a lengthly task list. A little spark of mindfulness and thankfulness can literally change someone's perspective on their day or even life in that moment.
Avoid the Fog
As the day progresses, note when your brain starts to hit that foggy “what the hell am I doing” wall.
Take a break. Set an alarm on your phone to go off every hour. (Please don’t make it a dog bark or quack tone, okay? We don’t need complete bedlam ensuing here.) When that alarm goes off. Turn yourself off for a second. No computer. No phone. No planner. Just sit and breathe. (See our post on breathing tips, as well!) It’s a little reset. And can actually keep you focused to get through your to-do list.
As a business owner, make sure that you design your policies and train your management team to not only allow this, but encourage it!
Celebrate Good Times, C'mon!
And lastly, celebrate the little and BIG things. Landed a big client? Boom! Finished a big project? Aww yeah! You don’t have to bust out a ticker tape parade or anything but just take a moment to acknowledge it. Give your team a verbal high five (thanks, Covid-19!).
Following these steps and just being “in the moment” will help you gain control of the office mojo and have you personally powering through workloads and feeling more and more fulfilled about the work you’re doing. Who doesn’t love that? Wondering where to start? Not sure how to implement these things? No worries. That’s what we’re here for. Contact us for a chat and to see how we can put the ahhhh back in your office.