The Grateful Mind

Let’s face it: every once in a while, we get trapped in the go, go, go of business. Once the wheels start turning, it can be difficult to slow down. It is within this cycle of business that leaders begin to fixate solely on the end goal. Anything and everything can become an obstacle within the path of success. With this mindset, it can be extremely easy to feel stressed, overworked, and disappointed. So…what do we do about this? How do we fix all of these problems? Well, the answer is quite simple: we can’t. We can’t fix every problem. But we can fix the way we view them. 

The Grateful Mind
Engaging in activities with a grateful mind can provide an overall sense of freedom from tension and stress. Regardless of the situation, find ways to be grateful. No matter what challenges you face, look for the silver lining. Even on your worst day, find one thing to be grateful for. When you seek things to be grateful for, you’ll notice opportunities for gratitude everywhere. The more you experience it, the more it comes to you. Gratitude puts things into perspective and provides a fresher mindset for dealing with any issues. 

Through Thick and Thin
Additionally, be thankful not only for what goes well but also for what doesn’t go well. All organizations must experiment with trial and error to figure out what works. A misstep, a weak process, or errors in the system are all opportunities for learning and improvement. Recognizing those opportunities and finding new solutions are moments to be grateful for. 

Spread the Gratitude
Leaders who have a grateful mind know the importance of sharing gratitude with others. Take the time to thank the people who help your business function every day. Look for the good things your team is doing and acknowledge them. It doesn’t need to be a big sweeping accomplishment; everyday behaviors and attitudes deserve thanks too. Find ways to celebrate large and small events. 

A Fresh Perspective
Some may call it willful optimism or just plain unproductive, but gratitude can absolutely make for better decision making. When something is viewed as an obstacle or a misstep, there is a certain sense of urgency attached to it…along with a sense of frustration. In these heated moments, it can be hard to solve problems diplomatically and professionally. However, an introduction of silver linings along the bright side can make for effective and motivational problem-solving.

All in all, “The Grateful Mind” is the productive mind.


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About Amy Lafko

As a Physical Therapist, Amy spent years in school learning best practices for patient care and how to put the patient first. Like so many technically skilled clinicians, she advanced to a leadership role. Spending 20+ years in operational leadership, she had an epiphany: Putting the customer first isn’t the path to success or fulfillment. Rather, the most successful organizations and practices put their people first – and exceptional customer care, profitability, and effectiveness naturally followed.