How are you feeling about your life work and business this season? Are you feeling discouraged or thankful? How does gratitude relate to your business?
Know it’s guaranteed that at some point in your business you’ll have both ups and downs.
Like anyone else, I’ve had my slow months when business just wasn’t pouring in as quickly as I would have liked. Some months are just better than others. Sometimes sales pick up, and other times I hear crickets. There are times when I have to work out a misunderstanding with a client, and I don’t always land the contract that I’d been hoping for.
Business life is certainly not always a bed of roses.
But the key is: my response. How should I respond, as a woman of faith in business, when things don’t quite work out the way I wish them to?
The best response, I’ve learned, is to wear an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude takes you a long way in life.
I have found that when I make a decision to change my response from being disgruntled to one of gratefulness, I have a better outlook on my situation. I’m in a better mood, I feel more thankful, and I want to help others.
Gratitude puts you in a good mood.
Have you ever noticed that when you change the way you view a situation, your mood changes?
Think about your life as a mom. Do you ever get frustrated at your kids for not listening to you the first time, or for not doing their chores when they were asked?
How does this change your outlook? How does this change your mood?
When your kids do what they are asked and they don’t complain, how do you feel then?
Like you, I am moved by the responses of others. My kids hold a great power; they can either frustrate me or make me proud. But, I realize that in order to have true happiness, I must learn to be grateful for the good things I can find in any given situation.
Feelings are generally the same across the board: even in business.
Deciding to have a positive outlook no matter your circumstances can completely change your mood.
You can choose to be in a frumpy mood or choose to be happy. The choice is up to you.
I choose gratitude, and I’m sure you choose the same.
I choose to find things for which I can be grateful. I choose to say “thank you.”
The spirit of gratefulness makes you more appreciative.
You can’t ever say “thank you” too much in life. We can say thank you to our subscribers for receiving our emails. We can say thank you to our customers for purchasing our products.
What about our families? How often do they patiently (or otherwise) wait on us to finish up a blog post or wrap up a coaching session before we start dinner? How often do our kids hear us say “Just a minute, honey, I’ll be off the phone soon”?
There is always someone to thank in business, whether family or client.
The attitude of gratitude makes me all the more appreciative of those who support me in my endeavors.
Gratefulness makes you want to give back.
When we feel grateful, it seems that the next emotions we tend to exhibit in human nature are appreciation and generosity.
With business, I often find myself having more good days than bad, and it’s in those times that I start to feel overwhelmingly generous to those around me. I will often want to give back in the form of freebies for my subscribers or a free coaching session for a mompreneur that I wish to invest in.
It’s amazing how just the mere act of being thankful, or grateful, can affect your outlook, your demeanor, and your actions. It truly changes your perspective and your behavior.
Gratefulness is a powerful key in life.
How will you choose to react to life circumstances? What are you feeling grateful for today?