The gratitude mindset

It has been a long journey of mindset mapping through this column ‘Destination Mindset’ which Reputation Today requested me to create. When I started writing this column I started understanding mindset and its importance in success through research. Took me some time to understand how humans are ‘wired’ and how that wiring makes them who they are. I then went on to speak to various people I know at every kind of level and just asked them what are they and the answers were real eye openers.  Would you believe it that the majority went on to describe themselves about what they can or will not do, thus reflecting on a mix of their own values of what they were and their values. I then spoke to intellectuals and their perceptions and the most wonderful aspect of mindset that I got to know is that humans can change their mindset with conscious efforts to create a winning mindset! 

One of the best mindsets to cultivate is a gratitude mindset which itself is a positive mindset. It pivots on humility and helps you accept situations and challenges with humility. In brief it helps you look at the glass half full, never half empty. Every challenge or crisis becomes an opportunity!

How do you develop a gratitude mindset?

The first step to develop a gratitude mindset is to understand your natural mindset. Start with happiness; ask yourself “Am I a happy person by nature”? Happiness has everything to do with gratitude. Ungrateful people generally are not happy. They usually feel that they should have got more out of life and their professions. The right maxim for happiness is to try your very best but if things don’t go according to your expectations try harder till you get there. You must also manage your expectations and ask yourself “Am I asking for something which I can never attain”? Ambitions are ambitions but they should be realistic. Celebrate your small wins. End the day with what you achieved and not what you could not achieve. I have read somewhere that people only realise the value of something when it’s lost. Transform yourself into a happy person. Realise the value of what you have to start with, a gratitude mindset will naturally follow

Transforming into a gratitude mindset

After understanding your own mindset and then deciding to transform into a gratitude mindset, you will need to work on your transformation to be in the right direction and sustainable. Start by deciding to appreciate what you have. From your precious family to your cup of coffee. Acknowledge your God given talents and qualities and appreciate them. Many in this world would feel that they have got a lottery if they had your life. Set your goals according to your expertise, Dreams can turn into nightmares unless your dreams are achievable or you are setting yourself for failures and disappointments. Be thankful to your existing work team for what they do to support you. In the post pandemic era be grateful that your profession is still lucrative. Many have lost their jobs and are still looking for a new one. How many people have lost their near and dear ones during the Pandemic. Remember, you live a day to tell another tale

Qualities of an individual with a gratitude mindset

Today’s workplace and community needs you to have empathy and EQ to be accepted, loved and followed. A gratitude mindset ensures that you appreciate human beings, nurture them naturally and motivate with an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. This itself is a great leverage. Gratitude mindset also promotes patience, calmness and overall positivity. These qualities make you stable, solid and widely accepted in today’s world. A capable leader with a gratitude mindset is more successful because goals are easier to achieve with committed followers who are connected. Plus since you empathise with your team, you have the ability to put the right resource for the right job!

Be thankful for what you have; you will end up having more. If you concentrate in what you don’t have, you will never have enough

Oprah Winfrey

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Amitesh Banerjee
Amitesh is a seasoned positive integrated communications disruptor with several years of multi- country/multi- domain experience. He has worked for reputed organisations in senior leadership positions including JWT, ITC, New Zealand Dairy Board, Seychelles Marketing Board, Perfect Relations, Genesis BCW, Adfactors, Della Group, H+K Strategies among others. Amitesh is Senior Vice President of Beanstalk Asia- a leading Integrated Marketing Communications firm.

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