No matter what is happening in your business, practicing gratitude is a great way to make it more enjoyable. When you remind yourself that, yes, you are lucky, there is a way of suffering that you do not find very difficult.
Your star employee may have left, but what about the other talented team members around you? How have they grown since that person left?
In business, it is about your attitude. Here are six ways you can cultivate gratitude in difficult times so that you become better than before:
1. embrace suck
Barely suck. There is no way around it. But to get through tough times, you need to think about what is the positivity among them.
You may need to dig deep here, especially if the difficult time you are going through is emotionally powerful. By writing positive results coming from difficult times and expressing gratitude for those results, you can shut yourself down emotionally.
Gratefully processing negative experiences can make our memories more positive and better fit our life story. Again, sharing our story with others can help us find connections and help others.
We all know that we are going through these challenging times. We will get through this, but we have to appreciate and share our weaknesses with each other.
2. Give thanks to canceling customers
During Kovid-19, we have seen that many businesses have closed their doors for good due to revenue reduction. If a customer is unable to pay, be sensitive to their situation. Thank you for his interest and loyalty through the years.
In the long run, what if they can no longer pay you? If you can keep your doors open long enough to withstand this recession, that customer can re-sign and even pay a premium for your services.
Why? Because you brought emotion, empathy and honesty to that relationship.
Gratitude builds trust and maintains connection. When you thank a customer who is unable to pay you, you are strengthening the relationship, which will always be beneficial for you in the long run.
Remember: People buy from people, not companies.
3. Grace the missed deadline
Remember Stacey and Bob, your colleagues who were sitting in the hall? They never missed a deadline, rarely took bathroom breaks and somehow always managed to bring team donuts in the morning.
Okay, now Stacey and Bob are 42 percent of the US workforce: working from home, homeschooling 1.93 children and trying to keep still Your Team members are much more on their plate than they were 8 months ago, so is it any wonder that they failed to meet a deadline?
Like you, your workers are also facing all kinds of new challenges. Regardless of the struggles they are facing outside the workplace, thank them for continuing to work. Realize that despite the fact that it seems as if the world is ending, they continue to wake up every single day and make an effort. He alone is worthy of your compassion.
Be sympathetic. When someone fails to meet a deadline, step into their shoes and try to understand what they are doing. Use that understanding to guide your response. Perhaps it is not as easy as giving them less workload. But if you can give them work suited to their strengths, and will show gratitude in one service, you will increase their productivity.
The best way to help struggling teammates achieve big goals is to encourage them to accomplish their smaller goals and celebrate those victories to the fullest.
4. Grate Yourself
Maybe you are a person who is always thanking others and feeling gratitude for the wonderful people you are surrounded by. But are you thankful for who you are?
We all want to feel capable and capable. But at such times, it can be difficult to keep oneself off the hook.
By expressing gratitude to yourself, you can help build your confidence and self-esteem. By doing this, you will also reduce feelings of uncertainty, which will not only help you, but also the people around you. Remember, how you treat yourself, how you treat others.
5. Switch and organize your outreach
There are all kinds of silver lining in difficult times. One of them is that they encourage you to talk to people you may not have spoken to in a long time.
Anarchy is an opportunity to change. Start by changing who you connect with and who you reach. Resist the temptation to turn inward.
Think for yourself: Who wouldn’t you think to give credit or thanks to? Now, go out and thank those who came to mind.
My favorite app to remind me that I haven’t thanked in a while is the newly launched Lovebomb app. It literally reminds me daily of who is tall.
We need social satisfaction, physically and mentally, to help us get through tough times. Hard times become much easier when we reconnect with loved ones. When we reach out and express our gratitude to people in our past, we not only help ourselves but also help others.
This applies to both your personal and professional life. Take these difficult times as opportunities to reach colleagues, customers and customers. If you build a relationship during a difficult time, it is likely to last a long time.
Now is the time to build fundamental relationships in your work life. Connect authentically to the difficulties you are facing. And be sure to thank the people you reach.
6. Do not say “at least”
If you are struggling to find something positive to say to someone, what do you do? You write your praise in a phrase like “at least”.
Gratitude is not a comparison. You should not be grateful because “at least” is not an option. You should have gratitude for celebrating positive results from a life event, positive or negative.
Even when it is difficult, try to appreciate any good amount that has come out of the bad. By doing this, you will build a mindset rooted in positivity, not comparison.
As entrepreneurs, we have the opportunity and res to use hard times to improve ourselves. We can shrug our shoulders and say “this sucks,” or we can turn the hard times around through gratitude.
Stop waiting only for the bad times. Be proactive and see how much better your business and your life are.