“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” –Oscar Wilde
Appreciation, on the one hand, means gratitude and thankful recognition. Yet, just as with property, it means the growth in value of something.
The cool thing is that we can actually be on the cause side of increasing the value of something vs. it just happening on its own.
Many of us have realized that our focus of attention on what we want to see more of, the experiences we most want to have, and the feelings and thoughts we most want to entertain (in our jobs, relationships, life) can bring more of those desired states about.
Similarly, when we look for what we can most appreciate in any area of our life, including our work and relationships, we actually increase the value of those aspects. We get what we proactively see, as opposed to simply seeing what we get.
Even if this isn’t the be all, end all [job, career, relationship, physical location, body, etc.], what one element of it can you focus on today to grow in value?
Appreciation allows us to be as close to be all, end all as we can until be all, end all comes…and it probably comes a lot faster than when we “be all” discontented with ourselves, others and life in general.
“By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved — and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses — you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.” — Jack Canfield
DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for BeyondB-School.com and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.