On Thursday (Thanksgiving Day), I will sit around someone else’s table, grateful that I did not have to cook a turkey that I never planned to eat. Each person will take a turn sharing what they are grateful for and I am almost certain that not one person around that table will show gratitude for something career related.
I am not talking about gratefulness for your job because it brings you money, things, and the ability to take care of your family. Those are important reasons to show gratitude but not quite the same as favorably reflecting on the opportunity to grow as a professional.
Take the time to acknowledge successes, challenges that have aided your growth, and other career moments that you should be grateful for this holiday season.
This article from Forbes has some great ideas about showing gratitude through forward facing and private behaviors.
If you still can find nothing to be grateful for on your current path, let’s talk. Comment on this post or find me on LinkedIn.
Just remember, encouraging thankfulness is not the same as promoting complacency. Never stop assessing and moving forward in your career.