A Practice: Prepare For The Week with Self-Appreciation
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Global studies reveal that 79 percent of people who quit their jobs cite ‘lack of appreciation’ as their reason for leaving. People don’t leave companies. They leave bosses.
The Conference Board reports that 53 percent of Americans are currently unhappy at work. Consider that for a second. Half of the workforce is unhappy.
Recognition is the number one thing employees say their manager could give them to inspire them to produce great work. Global studies prove that when it comes to inspiring people to be their best at work, nothing else comes close—not even higher pay, promotion, autonomy or training.
WHOA. Y'all. Over half the country is spending 8-10 hours in a place that they don't like, with people they don't want to be around. Kinda gives us a new perspective on the general population, huh?
In a time where recognition and appreciation are so important that folks cite it as the reason they leave their jobs, we have an opportunity to develop a personal culture of self-recognition and appreciation. We can do so before we even set foot in our professional settings.
I am recovering from years of feeling this way. At pretty much all of my previous places of employment, I used the job, the people there, and the work that I was doing to inform me about myself. I always felt criticized, not good enough, and like my efforts went unappreciated. Now, I had a glimpse of what I could do there, why I was hired and all that, yet I was more focused on how I needed to grow, learn and be in everyone's good graces. I thought that was being humble.
Soon, I developed a negative narrative that focused on lessons learned from mistakes, avoiding negative attention at all costs, and doing whatever it took to look good in the eyes of, well, everyone. All while actually doing my job(s). Super easy and super chill right? WRONG.
I felt overworked, undervalued, constrained, and otherwise unhappy. I resolved that I needed to work harder. Change my attitude. Be grateful. Pray. All that.
I began to remember the value that I brought to communities, businesses and organizations. It is easy to remember the negative stuff, I talk about why in this video. Starting to lean into my strengths and celebrate myself created a new energy.
That new energy created new ideas, and a more authentic way forward emerged for me.
It is essential to prepare for the work we must do by starting with our strengths, and expanding from there. Raising my own esteem improved my performance, grew my opportunities and ultimately, gave me the confidence to move forward when the season was up.
It is essential that you move into your place of business or life's work KNOWING, NAMING and planning to make your unique CONTRIBUTION, something I call our "Superpowers." Understanding what you bring to the environment is key in expanding it and moving you toward your goals. With a negative focus comes sneaky messages of inferiority that keep us in spaces, conversations and relationships that are not aligned with our greatness.
Appreciating and recognizing ourselves is a wonderful way to make sure that we are cultivating an environment that supports and grows the good in us that we see.
Here are a few questions to give you practice for self-appreciation and beginning to expand your successes, what I call your "Superpowers."
Name Your Superpowers: What are your successes from the last week? In other words, how did you kill it?
Grow Them: How can you continue those successes this week? What upcoming projects, events or meetings can you set that intention for?
Love Yourself Through Preparation: What can you do tonight to set yourself up for more success in the morning?
Invest In Yourself: Think about a way you can invest in yourself before the end of the week. What is it? What day and time will you do it? What will it take to make it happen?
In the video above, I teach the Quick Coherence Technique. The Heart Math Institute created the Quick Coherence Technique as a way to cultivate appreciation. It's a way to take advantage of our intelligent design and set bodies up for optimal learning, functioning through controlling our breathing and focus.
Utilize the questions, the Quick Coherence Technique and the affirmation below to cultivate the superpowers you already have.
Now it's time for some affirmation. Whatever you say after "I am.." creates.
Affirmation: Look in the mirror wherever you are and say these words:
“I am a Superpower.”
Do you want to grow your superpowers?
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