As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’ve been thinking a lot about the role gratitude plays in our careers. Now, I’ve kept a gratitude journal for a while now and have definitely seen positive changes in how I approach my day to day because of it, but I don’t want you to just take my word for it.
That’s why this week I’m so excited to be chatting with Corey Anker, coach and founder of The Uncovery Project. In his coaching work, Corey is all about helping his clients win at life—whatever that means to them—and one of the ways he does that is by helping them cultivate a sense of gratitude.
We’ll talk about this way more in Episode 027: How (and Why) to Cultivate Gratitude in Your Career, but here’s a little bit about why he thinks gratitude is so important. When you’re in a professional situation where you feel miserable you can either (1) change how you perceive the situation, (2) actually change the situation, or (3) do nothing at all and stay miserable (but please don’t do that!). Changing the actual situation can be a great decision—and coaches like me and Corey can help you get there—but sometimes that’s a longer-term process. In the meantime, changing how you see the situation with a little help from our friend gratitude can really get you through the day-to-day and allow you to see more possibilities for making things better.
Just to be clear, this isn’t some woo-woo episode where we’re going to tell you “if you can think it, you can make it happen.” Quite the contrary in fact: Gratitude is the first of many actions that can help pull you out of an unhappy career situation and into a better life. But you have to take the action. It might seem kind of silly, but it really works.
I’m going to let you go grab the episode and get all grateful in a minute, but first I’ll give you a rundown of what else we’ll be talking about:
What do you think? Have you found a gratitude practice that helps your career—or are you willing to try it? Share stories, struggles and more in the comments below.
Corey’s introduction & path (2:15)
Why it’s important to cultivate a sense of gratitude in your career (9:20)
What to do when you’re unhappy with your professional situation (14:45)
How to start cultivating a sense of gratitude (20:20)
Examples of what happens when you start cultivating gratitude in your career (29:00)
What to do if you’re feeling stuck in your gratitude practice (32:40)
Why “quick fixes” don’t work (38:00)
Rapid fire questions (44:15)
Corey’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Corey’s Number: 917-488-7699