With Thanksgiving coming up I think it would be nice to share some things I've learned about gratitude throughout to help me stay grounded and fend off feelings of entitlement. One mentor I had in my life explained to me what gratitude should really mean, and it changed how I approach everything.
Here are a Few Things You Should Be Thankful For (That You Might Not Be):
1. Rush Hour Traffic
Employment in America is doing better than it has in previous years. We should always be thankful for having employment, wether it be delivering pizzas or pursuing our dream career of matching home owners to their dream home. There are many people in the world that are not fortunate enough to have one, so for this we should be thankful. Getting stuck in rush hour means we have some place to go.
2. When Your Phone Call Doesn't Drop
It's really easy to complain when you are on a phone call with a potential real estate client...and then the call drops. Complaining is an easy coping mechanism...However, when was the last time you praised your phone company for not dropping a call? Have you ever been in a relationship, where the other person only highlights your flaws or faults? And when you do something right, they don't acknowledge it? This is what that equates to. Acknowledging positive outcomes, can help you find more small things to be positive about, and thus change your outlook.
3. A Car That Works
Building on the last item, we should always be thankful when something we have works...We should also be thankful that we have it in the first place. Imagine what life would be like if you had to take public transportation everywhere. There would be so much wasted time. Although, you can also argue that having public transportation is also something we are lucky to be blessed with.
4. The Results of Your Hard Work
I think it's weird to be given anything in life. I shouldn't be given a pay raise because I'm taking on more responsibilities and "deserve it"...I should be given a pay raise because I have put in the hours and have proven that I am an asset to the company. Those are two different things, but are also somehow also the same. With the latter, you have the added benefit of already having established a foundation of hard work. Even if you don't get a promotion, you now have all that work to show off and take to future employers. I can list "wrote weekly blogs" on my resume, but I'd rather have "wrote weekly blogs that engaged a community and generated interest in the company".
What do you think? Are there any person instances of gratitude that you'd like to share with us? Let us know in the comments!
If you will be away from your office this Thanksgiving, why not consider using automation to nurture your real estate leads?