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Nishall’s Blog: Appreciation

Lifestyle / Thu 30th Jan 2014 at 10:48am

Blog piece by Nishall Garala

Appreciation

Take a minute to think about someone who has inspired you to have confidence in yourself.

It might be…

* A coach shouting encouraging words from the sidelines.

* A teacher who was so impressed with your report that he/she encouraged you to publish it.

* A friend who often asked to hear you play the piano when they visited.

* A boss who gave you freedom to do your job as you thought best and praised you for your contributions.

* Someone who helped you see your unique gifts.

Are you picturing this person? You very well may have several people in mind.

People who believe in us – and share their words of confidence with us – help us grow. Their confidence in our abilities helps us to see those qualities in ourselves.

We enjoy hearing words of affirmation. We thrive on words of encouragement. We gain confidence when someone tells us they believe in our abilities. It takes so little time to share our positive observations with another person.

We are all aware of the benefits that come from being appreciative and grateful. But sometimes that’s easier said than done. In the face of a sinking economy, do you find it difficult to be appreciative? When it feels like your very way of life is being threatened, can you still find reasons to be grateful?

Yes, sometimes finding the good in a situation can seem like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. Yet, the benefits of being in a state of genuine appreciation in spite of what’s going on around us are worth investigating. This is where focus comes into the picture. We can actually train ourselves to search for, discover, and focus on legitimate reasons to feel appreciation.

So why don’t you start to accept and give appreciation.

1. Practice appreciation by starting with yourself. If you have difficulty openly appreciating others, it’s likely you also find it difficult to appreciate yourself. Take a few moments at the end of the day to ask yourself this simple question: “What can I rightly feel proud of today?” If you are committed to constant self-improvement, you can also ask yourself, “What could I do better tomorrow?” Both questions hold your value.

2. Be appreciative. The more specific you can be about what you value — and the more you notice what’s most meaningful to that person — the more positive your impact on that person is likely to be. A handwritten note makes a bigger impression than an email or a passing comment, but better any one of them than nothing at all.

3. Make it a priority to notice what others are doing right. The more you work at it, the better you’ll get at it, and the more natural it will become for you. For example, start by thinking about what positive qualities, behaviors and contributions you currently take for granted among the members of your team. Then ask yourself, what is it that each of them uniquely brings to the table?

If you cultivate the habit of focusing on the positive, your level of appreciation will increase. As you find more and more reasons to appreciate every aspect of your life, you will become a magnet for attracting positive energy. And that positive energy flowing into your life will give you even more cause for appreciation.

Nishall Garala

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