Shifting your mindset is such a game changer. It is so easy to get caught up in the negatives, complain about having to work nightshift, or having to wake up early and work day shift, or just complain about having to work in general (I’m definitely guilty of this!)
A great exercise to try is changing your language. Instead of saying ‘I have to go to work today’, you can shift your mindset of gratitude and say ‘I am blessed to go to work today’ or ‘I am grateful to go to work today.’ You can take it further by adding a ‘why’, for example ‘I am grateful to go to work today to learn new skills and use my current skills to help people.’
Being grateful for everything you have helps you to see the positives, instead of the negatives. When I get stuck in a negative mindset I also find it helpful to make a list of things I am grateful for in regards to my job.
- I am grateful for a steady income
- I am grateful to have a job in my field
- I am grateful to work with such amazing people (especially my fellow nurses!)
- I am grateful to learn something new and feel challenged everyday
- I am grateful to care for children and their families who have undergone heart surgery or have a heart condition
- I am grateful to be able to witness love
- I am grateful to have the opportunity to see the best in people even in the worst times
- I am grateful to learn lessons
Next time you wake up in the morning and the negative mind chatter starts, interrupt it with a list of things you are grateful for, especially in regards to your career! Gratitude helps you to see the best in your life, and there is always something to be grateful for…
‘If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world.
If you have money in the bank, your wallet and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering.
If you can read this message you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read at all.’
– Canadian Red Cross