professional development, nursing career, gratitude


I’m a “whenever” person. Whenever this happens, I’ll be happy or whenever that happens, I’ll be successful. But the problem is, even when I reach that moment, I just raise the bar higher and continue waiting. And I’m not alone. There are many of us who are future focused and in a sense, waiting to be happy.
Starting a business is scary and I had many moments when I questioned my sanity. I caught myself thinking, if 25 people came to my seminar, then I’d be happy; or if I booked x keynote presentations by the end of the year or made X dollars, then I’d be successful. I felt like I was holding my breath for the first few years.
I finally realized, these things have nothing to do with my happiness or success. They don’t define us as humans, nor should they.
What changed my definition of happiness and success is when I understood the power of gratitude.

I carve out time every week to watch a TED talk. They are short yet powerful snippets of content that I find remarkable (most of the time). Recently, I watched TED talk by Shawn Achor. I’ve read his research on happiness and find it fascinating. However, reading or listening to information is almost useless unless you take action!

To watch Shawn’s TED talk on the Power of Gratitude, click below. 

After watching Shawn’s TED talk, I started doing this:
At the end of every day, I write 3 things I’m grateful for. Writing down what I’m grateful for programs my brain to search throughout the day for reasons to be grateful – to be happy. And in turn, I have found myself living more in the moment, not holding my breath as much, and overall, feeling happier.
Many of you have become a part of my list, especially when you email me, refer me, or attend one of my events – I am GRATEFUL!
Now it’s your turn. What are you grateful for? Think about it and write it down – every day. Before you know it, you’ll realize that as Glinda said to Dorothy, “You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.”

Take care and stay connected.

Renee

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About the author: Dr. Renee Thompson is a keynote speaker, author and professional development/anti-bullying thought leader. Renee spends the majority of her time helping healthcare and academic organizations improve the work environment. To find out how you can bring Renee to YOUR organization or nursing event, click here.