As Brits we like to moan! We complain about the weather, we complain about queues, we complain about our politicians, we complain about each other. I’m no exception and I’ve been known to have be muttering under my breath for a whole variety of reasons. Maybe, someone is dawdling (I love that word) along when I’m trying to get somewhere, or a driver in front of me is being particular frustrating.
However, it’s a very slippery slope that can lead to always seeing the negative side of things. In reality we don’t often appreciate, or feel gratitude for what we do have.
There is a fantastic psychotherapist in the UK called Richard Nicholls who produces a regular podcast called Motivate Yourself (it was #1 in the uk podcast charts for a while, which was where I came across it). His short, 15 min monthly podcasts always seem to hit the mark, covering very relevant topics. His most recent podcast, titled “The Gratitude Attitude” was all about how we take things for granted. I’m actively trying to be a more positive person, follow many of Richard’s teachings and suggestions. It got me thinking about my job.
Most of us have a good moan about work from time to time. We complain that we are overworked, underpaid, and not appreciated. So, I decided to flip this on its head. I sat down to think about all of the positive things about my job that I am grateful for and decided to make a list. Here are ten things I came up with:
- I have a job
It shouldn’t be taken for granted. Not everyone does.
- I get paid a salary I can live on
Yes, many of us want a higher salary, but I see that as my challenge, to constantly improve my career, my prospects and my circumstances if I want to continue to climb the salary scale or the career ladder.
- I work with some great people
Extremely talented, professional individual
- I get to meet lots of people
In a customer-facing role, I constantly meet new, exciting, and interesting people
- I get to travel
My job gives me the benefit of regular travel both in the UK and internationally. I have seen places I wouldn’t have otherwise visited had it not been for my job.
- I work with cutting-edge tech I like technology
That’s why I work in IT. Working for an IT vendor I constantly get to play with the latest and greatest innovations.
- I work in a great industry
Cyber Security is hugely topical with the growing number of data breaches year on year. I am in the thick of the industry trying to protect organizations
- I get to balance my home and work life
Unlike some previous jobs where I was away a lot, my current job enables me to spend a more time at home with my family.
Ok, this one is a bit vain, but who doesn’t like to be recognized when they are working hard and doing a good job? I seem to have a good reputation at work, which means I get positive feedback.
- I’m healthy
Is this strictly related to my job? Maybe, maybe not. My work does involve lots of sitting around at desks, but also means I am in a clean environment, and, my working flexibility means I can pop out for that run if I want to. Give and take is important.
Could I have written a list of 10 negative things about my work? Of course I could. However, I chose to focus on the positive. Concentrating on what is good and what I am grateful for. All too often I see colleagues moaning about what isn’t working, or what they don’t like and that only leads in one direction, an endless downward spiral, which isn’t where I want to be.
Don’t get me wrong, next time you see me, I won’t always be a ‘happy clappy’ euphoric individual. I might even still moan a bit, but I am trying to be more positive.