Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /homepages/26/d467662716/htdocs/susanwhitcomb/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 259

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /homepages/26/d467662716/htdocs/susanwhitcomb/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 259

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /homepages/26/d467662716/htdocs/susanwhitcomb/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 259

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /homepages/26/d467662716/htdocs/susanwhitcomb/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 259

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /homepages/26/d467662716/htdocs/susanwhitcomb/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 259

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /homepages/26/d467662716/htdocs/susanwhitcomb/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 259

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /homepages/26/d467662716/htdocs/susanwhitcomb/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 259

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /homepages/26/d467662716/htdocs/susanwhitcomb/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 259

<< Go Back

Leveraging Gratitude in Career Coaching

infographic gratitudeNumerous researchers in the field of positive psychology have learned that gratitude impacts many areas of our lives, as the infographic to the right shows:

•        Happy people’s income is roughly 7% higher

•        Grateful people on average give 20% more time and dollars.

•        Grateful people will have 10% fewer stress-related illnesses, be more physically fit, have blood pressure that is lower by 12%.

•        Grateful people are 20% more likely to get “A” grades

I wish there were statistics on how gratitude impacted job seekers’ success rates! If there were such stats, I’m confident they would show that grateful job seekers network more easily, get jobs faster, and negotiate bigger salaries (this last one is borne out in the first bullet above, with happy people having incomes 7% higher).

Gratitude ushers in the concept of provision. It causes us to view the world through a lens of possibility instead of problem, to believe “I have everything I need … right now.” The negative emotions of fear, anxiousness, and worry are based in anticipation of not having enough …  not having enough control, certainty, time, money, energy, health, protection, resources, wellbeing, wisdom, appreciation, acceptance, trust, ease. Simply put:

half full half empty•        Lack of enough is scarcity.

•        Plenty of enough is abundance.

 

Practical Application

So how do you leverage gratitude when coaching your clients? If you are working with someone who is bummed out over a job loss, be cautious about coming straight out and saying “what are you grateful for?,” because it can sound insensitive.

Instead, first acknowledge the pain. For example:

“I hear the frustration… not what you were hoping for.”

And then, consider saying something like”

“Without denying those feelings, what do you hope this situation will open up for you … make possible for you?”

This is a way of tapping the gratitude emotion without using the word “grateful” or “gratitude.” So, dear colleagues and friends, what do you hope your current situation will open up for you?! :)

Share

Tags: , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Recent Posts

Does optimism mean you have to be happy all the time? As humans we experience a wide range of emotions. On the negative (“minus”) end of the spectrum, those emotions can include worry, fear, anxiety, hate, worry, frustration, bitterness, jealousy. On the positive (“plus”) end of the spectrum, we have love, joy, peace, gratitude, hope, […]

Share
READ MORE...

For many years, I wasn’t aware of how “routinized” my ability to worry, catastrophize, and feel guilty had become! It was a habit that I hadn’t realized was part of my daily life. And with every worrisome thought, I caused a chemical release in my system that took me even further into a subtle but […]

Share
READ MORE...

I’ve been on a journey of becoming more Optimistic over the past few years. I’ll admit that, for many years, I lived with a tendency toward feeling “guilty” and even a bit “fearful” about getting everything done or having the business I needed to make ends meet—I was often the first to: Wonder: “Whew, we […]

Share
READ MORE...

Training Schedule

Upcoming Events