Gratitude is about grounding yourself in the present in a very positive way. In this episode, host Kat Nieh reminds us that we need to be grateful for everything we have been through. She shares how you can use gratitude as a leveraging tool that can make a positive impact in your life. Know how to help yourself recover from burnout as Kat shows you the way in this episode.
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[EPISODE 14] – Wait, Did I Really Say “Gratitude?”
Dear Workaholics, these are my personal messages to you. Something interesting happened and I wanted to share this unexpected experience with you. I was being interviewed on another podcast and the host of the podcast asked me something a pretty common question along the lines of what was the most useful tool you’ve used to prevent burnout? Out of nowhere, I blurted out gratitude. Seriously, I went in my head and said, “Wait, what? Did I just say that?” The interesting thing is the more I elaborated on it, the more it did make sense to me as to why gratitude was such an impactful tool that I’ve leveraged to help me recover from burnout. The host and even myself expected to talk about some productivity tool or hack that I’ve learned or adapted, but being a mindset coach, of course, I absolutely believe your mindset is the most powerful tool you could leverage. It is at the core of why we do the things that we do.
I want to help you target the actual causes of workaholism, which is in our head, than merely treating the symptoms of it, which are our actions. I digress. I figured it was such an unusual response that I wanted to share it with you. Why is gratitude such an impactful tool? If you have gratitude, you don’t have complaints. If you have gratitude, you will have the ability to cycle downwards towards more negativity. As you continue to search for moments of gratitude in your life, your mood is uplifted. You feel good. You stop looking at what’s negative in your life, what you wish you had and what you could have, should have, would have had. Most importantly, you get out of the victim mode. It’s not about who or what did you wrong anymore. You start seeing and recognizing all the good in your life.Your mindset is the most powerful tool you can leverage. It is at the core of why people do the things that they do. Click To Tweet
If you have gratitude, you start truly appreciating what you have in your life right now, at this moment, in the present. It’s not about dwelling on the past or getting caught up in the future. It’s about what you have right now at this very moment. Start noticing what other people talk about. Where in the past, present, or future are most of their conversations rooted in? How many of us are getting all caught up in the grind, the busyness of life that you don’t even notice what’s happening around you? Your life is happening right now, at this moment. You can change the outlook in your life by deciding to make another choice right now. Make a choice about what you want to think about at the next moment. Being grateful grounds you in the present in a very positive way.
If you have gratitude, you feel so much better about yourself, about life, about everything going on around too. Someone asked me once, “Are you always this happy or did you work on it?” When I first heard that question from her, I was surprised by that question, but at the same time I was also very grateful for it too because it’s shown my progress and how much I’ve grown and bettered myself through changing my mindset, through doing personal development. My positivity was so noticeable that she had to ask me that question. My answer was, “Mostly, but I really worked on it too.” It is one of the ways that has helped me snap out of burnout, step out of victim mode and snap out of whatever negative cycle I was in. It was gratitude.
I started consciously noting what I’m grateful for. Whenever something happened, good or bad, I choose to be grateful for it. Even when it’s the worst heartache I felt, I was so grateful for that experience because I got to learn so much from it. I learned what I want and don’t want. I am grateful for being able to experience the beautiful moments of it, to know what that feels like. It’s made me who I am now and I am grateful for all those experiences. If you have gratitude, you don’t take things for granted. In all relationships, yes, even the nonromantic ones. No one likes to be taken for granted. You ought to be recognized for who you are and what you’ve done instead of constantly expecting someone to just do things for you.
Acknowledge them. Acknowledge why that thing they did made a difference to you. Saying the words “thank you” only takes seconds. Elaborating on it. It might take you a few more minutes, but it is exactly those moments that make a difference. You are literally telling them how you want to be treated and what you like and don’t like. You are then encouraging them to continually act the way you want to be treated. Gratitude and taking the time to say thank you and explain why, that deepens bonds in relationships and increases understanding between people. That is why gratitude is such an impactful, useful and absolutely life-changing tool. It is free. It is something you can do at any moment.If you have gratitude, you start to truly appreciate what you have in your life right now. Click To Tweet
Gratitude is a choice. You could even say it’s a lifestyle as it is one that has made a lasting impact on my life. Whenever I feel down, I tap into gratitude. I choose to think, say, or write down whatever I’m grateful for. Adapting the practice to write down 1 to 3 things that you’re grateful for every morning, sets you up for a good day. Writing down 1 or 2 things you’re grateful for at night anchors in positivity in your mind when you sleep. I would like to take this chance to say thank you for being my audience. Thank you for your support and continuing to tune in to my content. I am so grateful for the journey that has brought me here to share my personal life experiences and learnings with you, to help you shift your mindset and reclaim your life. No matter what, when, where, how, why, you’re here with me at this moment. Share your gratitude with those you appreciate or have made a difference in your life. Be grateful for what you have, the experiences that made you who you are. You are stronger for them. You are better because of them. Until next time, you’ve got this. Sincerely, Kat.