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FountainBlue's November 4 Front Line Managers Online program on the topic of 'Embracing Gratitude'. Please join me in thanking our panelists. Our energetic, positive and proactive panelists spoke eloquently and passionately about how to embrace gratitude. Below is a summary of their advice.
Thoughts about Gratitude
Gratitude is in the attitude. Nobody can control and manage all that happens, but we can each choose to have the latitude to respond in ways that are more positive and constructive.
Gratitude is not necessarily a mindset you're born with. It's a choice you can make, a strength you can nurture, a quality you can spread for the betterment of all.
Maintain your inner peace no matter where the winds might blow at the moment.
Make time for the people you love, the things you like to do.
Embrace a grateful, positive, constructive energy as you speak and act.
Surround yourself with people who are appreciative and positive, projects which are productive and worthwhile.
Invite exposure to people, projects, plans that are very different from yourself and what you've done, so that you better appreciate the differences.
Adopt a can-do/must-do attitude and really stretch yourself, expressing gratitude for the opportunity.
Let important others in your life know what they mean to you and how they've helped you.
Pause to feel, express and embrace gratitude.
Encourage and reward your team for choosing gratitude for themselves and expressing gratitude for others.
Be Open and Curious
Be grateful for the learnings in the opportunities and the challenges.
Be grateful for opportunities to learn in chaotic, emotional circumstances, letting your left brain lead if necessary, so you're not overwhelmed and unproductive.
When failures happen, embrace the learnings, applaud the courageous, reflect on what can be done differently and better next time.
Gratitude is a Journey
Don't expect to be grateful 100% of the time for everything that happens. But do be grateful for the incremental challenges and the learnings and opportunities ahead.
You can't always win, but you can always try to fail forward, learning with every opportunity.
Nobody can live in a perfect world, but we can ALL choose to live a life of gratitude and spread that grateful energy, words and tasks to those around us.