Gratitude

5 Ways Highly Successful People Stay Positive

5 Ways Highly Successful People Stay Positive

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” –Willie Nelson

It’s nearly impossible to stay constantly optimistic and on cloud nine at all times of the day. However, learning to dance in the rain is an important skill to master. When it comes to success in life, it’s critical to understand your mindset is in your control, and great success is truly achievable when positivity shows through in times of adversity.

The most successful people in society seem to have this skill grasped. Here’s a list of how highly successful people stay positive.

 1.    They believe in their abilities.

Failure is a scary thought. It’s important to remember that everyone, even the most successful people have failed at one point in their career. Trust in your abilities and take risks. Learn from your mistakes and know that failure is not what defines someone. Approach new tasks with confidence and believe that you can either succeed or learn from your mistakes.

2.    They continuously set goals.

Set goals. Some prefer setting smaller goals, such as daily or weekly intentions. Others prefer long-term goals. Whether your goals are small or large, they’ll keep you focused, motivated, and on track.

3.    They practice gratitude.

It’s easy to continuously look towards your future plans and dreams. However, it’s still imperative to remember how you got to where you are now, and give thanks. Take time to appreciate the people who have helped you succeed thus far, and know that practicing gratitude creates positive emotions, ultimately helping you on the road to success.

4.    They look at the bright side of situations.

Nothing is dark forever. There’s sunshine right around the corner. Another chance, another choice, another possibility, and another opportunity are up ahead. You have the choice to look on the bright side and look for silver linings. Optimism pays off.

5.    They’re dedicated mentors and learners.

Successful people don’t just settle. They’re not afraid to learn and are constantly seeking new advice, concepts, ideas, and skills. Surround yourself with people who challenge you to do better and work harder, and those who teach you valuable lessons. Push yourself to think outside of the box and never stop learning.

 “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” –Helen Keller

Love & light,

Alex 

Stop and Smell the Sunflowers

Stop and Smell the Sunflowers

When’s the last time you said thank you?

Each day, we wake up and experience some degree of a routine. We somehow end up going through the motions and not stopping to look around and be thankful for what we have. It’s easy to get caught up in life’s commotion, but don’t forget to take a moment to stop and smell the sunflowers.

If you’ve found yourself complaining about having to wake up and go to school or work, remember that you were once hoping to get that opportunity. Maybe it’s time to say thank you to your boss for everything he or she does for you or thank a co-worker who helps you through those Mondays – you know the ones.

Maybe you have some family members who are there for you no matter what, and they deserve to hear a thank you.

It can be as simple as a text message or as extravagant as a random delivery of flowers and other goodies.

Not only will thanking people in your life make others feel better, but it will also have a positive effect on you. This creates an opportunity to think about all of the good things in your life and allows you to value people and experiences more.

It doesn’t have to take much time or any money. Saying thank you to those who help make your life a little easier creates a world of a difference!

Cheers!
Ashleigh

3 Simple Ways to Show Gratitude In Your Life

3 Simple Ways to Show Gratitude In Your Life

Going out of your way to show you’re grateful for others leaves a positive, lasting impression. Whether it’s your co-workers or friends, it’s important to find little ways to let people know you appreciate their help. Here are a few ways that take little effort but make a big impact.

  1. Thank you cards
    I’ve said it before, and I’ll continue to say it again: thank you notes are extremely valuable and underrated in the business world. This is a secret weapon when it comes to professional networking or just making someone’s day in general. When someone does something kind or helpful, it’s important to always reach out and take the extra step to show your appreciation - bonus points if it’s handwritten.

  2. Random acts of kindness
    At A. Victoria MAE, we’re all about sunflowers. Any chance you get to make someone’s day – make it happen. Spread positive vibes in little ways like words of affirmation, holding the door open for someone, giving compliments, and just asking yourself, “how can I make this person’s day better?”

  3. Don’t complain for 24 hours
    This may seem difficult once you first start, but you will really be surprised when you realize the difference it makes. Not only do negative thoughts have an impact on your attitude, but when you share them aloud it brings others down, too. Avoid negativity for 24 hours and instead vocalize what you’re grateful for!

It’s not always easy or going to be the first thing that comes to mind, but showing gratitude spreads more positivity than you think. Even if it seems like no one else is doing it, be the person to make someone else’s day! If there’s one positive attribute to be remembered by, let it be the one who is grateful.

Cheers!
Ashleigh

The Power of Gratitude: Shout Out to Young Professionals

The Power of Gratitude: Shout Out to Young Professionals

Picture this: You just left the best interview you’ve ever had with your dream company. You spent hours perfecting your resume, practicing your best smile, and crafting all the right answers to their questions. You are certain you’ve got this job offer in the bag, and all you have to do is wait for that phone call, right? Wrong!

All too often, job seekers leave the conversation without a follow up and wonder why they didn’t hear back. This is because sending a thank you is the final, and most crucial, step in a successful interview.

Saying thank you for someone's time is important; it shows you are a person who has empathy, emotion, and appreciation. This is incredibly valuable to a future employer.

At a bare minimum, send an email thank you. It takes little time and energy.  If you really want to set yourself apart from your competition, hand-written notes are the way to go. This shows that you care enough to put in those extra few minutes of your time to show appreciation and genuine interest in the company you’re interviewing for.

"The best timeframe to send a thank you email is within 24 hours after your interview," says Whitney Purcell, associate director of Career Development at Susquehanna University.

A hand-written thank you note shouts passion to me.

Remember:

  • Send within 24 hours of the interview.

  • Be genuine.

  • Take advantage of this time to make yourself stand out.

  • Wow them!

A good thank you can go a long way. This is your time to shine!

Cheers!