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Achieve Career Success through Gratitude

What could a brighter outlook do for your future aspirations? Studies link better job performance and higher self-esteem to positive feelings and regular expressions of happiness and gratitude.

Not everyone likes every part of their job. However, when you can carry a positive attitude throughout your daily life, it can bring you more happiness with your current role and help you along the pathway to the career you’ve always wanted.

With Thanksgiving upon us, thoughts of gratitude and patience and optimism become front of mind. Multiple studies link better job performance and higher self-esteem to positive feelings and regular expressions of happiness and gratitude.

What could a brighter outlook do for your future aspirations? Let’s look at what it entails, how you can do it on a daily basis, and what the future could mean when you look at today as a glass half full.

Creating a Positive Mindset

Successful people tend to point toward a positive attitude as a factor in their success. Is that true? Some studies do connect positivity with career happiness, but it’s hardly a certainty. But think of it from the other direction — if you approach everything negatively, it will only drain you over time. By being positive and staying focused on what’s good in your life, you can shield yourself from so many things that can layer stress and anxiety on your shoulders.

Daily Strategies for Staying Grateful

There’s no one way to remain grateful for what you have and place a positive light on your life, but there are things you can do every day to keep that mentality strong. Find time every day to:

  1. Keep a journal: Journaling is a great outlet for stress release. You can use it as a way to have a quiet conversation with yourself, to take note of things that have happened, and to plan for tomorrow. Even 10 minutes at night can be beneficial for decompressing the events of the day.
  2. Practice gratitude: One of the easiest ways to be grateful is to practice gratitude with others. Offer thanks to those who help you, be mindful of moments to thank yourself, and set aside time in the day or night to remember the little things that moved you.
  3. Keep an eye on future goals: Whatever your job is today, it doesn’t have to be tomorrow. Think about where you want to be and aim for it. This can be in the form of notes to yourself on the refrigerator or saying something motivational to drive you to keep doing what you need to do. Those who have found success often say it was because they never forgot what they wanted to get out of life. You can do that every day.
  4. Don’t forget how far you’ve come: While you eye the future, don’t forget the past. For most people, difficult times are short and fleeting. Take a moment to look back and celebrate the ways you have grown and changed. Even while you look to what’s next, you may already be a success story for a past version of you.

Career Achievement through Change

You’re staying positive. You’re doing the daily work. Yet something is missing. If you still aren’t happy with what you are doing, maybe it’s time to change your situation.

Change can be hard and scary, but it’s often one of the most important things a person can do. Change means growth and new opportunities — maybe better opportunities. It means a chance to get closer to being who you want to be and doing what you want to do.

At Herzing University, there are many career paths available. You can move start or continue a career in nursing or pursue a career in business. You can take on any of 40+ career-focused programs to help you get to where you need to be.

Be grateful for where you are and how far you’ve come, but be aware that the best career path may still be in front of you. We can help you get there. Contact us today to discover all the available career opportunities and for help locating the one that’s right for you.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 2023 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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