Theodore Roosevelt said: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” And just think, he spoke those words long before the dawn of social media.
It’s simple: When you constantly compare yourself to others, you undermine your ability to be grateful. Sure, maybe you’ve had some success, but it’s always possible to find someone who’s just a little further ahead. That agent whose volumes outpace yours, or that former classmate who just won a prestigious award. We tend to naturally gravitate toward what others have that we don’t.
But when we celebrate the success of others—sharing their gratitude for what their work has produced—it transforms how we see the other person and, in turn, how we see ourselves. Further, when we celebrate the wins of others, they are more likely to do the same for us.
3. We focus on the negative. Gratitude transforms our outlook.
Whether you’re a “glass half empty” person or not, it’s easy to be negative. Psychologists call this negativity bias—the tendency to be more emotive about negative experiences than positive ones.
When it comes to your career, if you’re constantly focused on all the challenges of your work, it’s hard to be grateful. Negativity breeds negativity. But the same is true in the other direction. We can, and should, train our brains to focus on the positive, as that helps us cultivate gratitude. This takes work, but it’s worth it.
So where are you in your real estate career right now? Be grateful for the experiences that are shaping you as a professional. Your skill set is being sharpened. You’re making valuable connections. And every day you have the opportunity to learn. These simple shifts in outlook can go a long way towards helping you grow in gratitude.
Make Time for Gratitude
In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to read this as one more thing to fit into your already packed schedule. But gratitude can be integrated into the everyday rhythms of life. Practice gratitude on your daily dog walk, or your commute, or even as you go to sleep at night. As noted above, it requires work, but it will surely be worth it.