The Gratefulness Habit

It can be easy for us to see what could be better in our lives- what we want to improve, what we want more of, who has it better… the list goes on. 

Actually appreciating where we are in life, if not the whole day then something small like the weather, a friendship, a present, can lead to a better perspective. When we have a better perspective we smile more, attract more positive people into our lives, and we have a better overall approach to handling life’s challenges. 

Let me challenge you to finding three things every day in your life that you are grateful for. 

Today mine would be:

1. The rain that we’ve had because my flowers and yard are amazing!

2. My girlfriends that I will be doing a relay marathon with this weekend. 

3. The Met Gala and the fact that I live ina country that celebrates and promotes the arts. 

What are you working for?

Every one is motivated by something. What are you motivated by? Are you motivated by fear of failure, a drive for success, a love of learning…? Whatever you are working for exude confidence, believe in yourself, and don’t stop pursuing excellence until you’ve made your dreams come true!

Feedback Friday

How do you handle feedback? When someone gives us feedback, especially how we can improve, it is often tempting to become defensive. Think about it this way. The person that gave you constructive feedback cares enough to tell you. By telling you they most likely want to help you improve and succeed. For some people giving feedback can also be difficult. 

How you receive feedback may be off-putting and could actually discourage someone from mentoring you. Take into account who it is coming from and if you are inclined to become defensive it is always safe to say, “Thank you for taking the time out to tell me that. I’ll have to think about that.”

How do you handle feedback in the workplace, or at home?