Keys to Expressing Mindfulness & Gratitude for Work
Dan Levenson October 23, 2020
No matter where you are or what you’re doing, mindfulness and gratitude involves choosing a state of being. From deadlines to difficult customers and employees, it’s often difficult to maintain this state of being while running a business. Let’s explore how to nurture and express mindfulness and gratitude for work.
Your perspective is key to better cultivating and expressing mindfulness and gratitude. Start with taking a good inward look at yourself and how you view your business and work environment. Do you expect things to go smoothly? Do you regard your employees and clients as good people?
Even if you have very challenging employees, approaching them from a negative perspective will only increase negativity on all sides. If you consider who they are and what they’ve experienced throughout their lives from an empathetic perspective, you can shift your mindset from reactive to understanding. Sometimes all people need is a kind word or a little offer of help.
It’s also crucial to view your business in the most positive light. By focusing your perspective on the best aspects of your business and the things you enjoy about it, you will get closer to being mindful and grateful in the moment.
Mindfulness and gratitude isn’t just about positive thinking and perspectives. It goes deeper into our psyches, shaping how we see ourselves and how we make decisions. Some of the biggest sources of angst in the workplace involve stressful communications and making crucial decisions quickly.
In order to increase your confidence in communication and decision-making, it’s important to come from a place of behavior and action that aligns with your values and goals. Consider what is most valuable about your business and employees, as well as your position.
Is your primary value based on customer service, efficiency, teamwork, leadership, or? If leadership is at the top of the list for your value as a business owner, then focus your decision-making on aspects that improve employee confidence in your leadership. Focus on core values helps create a state of mindfulness and gratitude for your business, from the inside-out.
When you’re distracted by or preoccupied with things at home, workplace drama, relationship issues, social media, or any number of things, it can interfere with your ability to express mindfulness and gratitude. When you’re running your business, your mind should be primarily focused on work and business tasks.
In order to get into a balanced state of mind for your business, consider taking a moment to close your eyes and breathe deeply before you begin business tasks. If your mind starts to wander, take a few moments throughout the day as needed to calm and refocus.
Accepting yourself, the people you work with, and your position is an important step in expressing gratitude. Acceptance of self is the first vital step for feeling grateful. While acceptance of self is a lifelong psychological process, it’s not always obvious that certain business circumstances can trigger past feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.
When employees or clients say something you disagree with, you might feel defensive, which then leads to a state of frustration that is not conducive to being mindful and grateful. When you feel defense mechanisms arising, take a few moments to center and re-balance yourself, then begin your next sentence with words of acknowledgement. When you accept and value the different perspectives qualities of other people, it’s also easier to recognize what you truly have to offer them.
Being mindful and grateful doesn’t suddenly start or stop when you work, and creating a safe, secure business is one of the best ways to develop this state of being in all areas of your life. For more information about business growth and peace of mind, contact us today.