How Often Do You Complain?

When I was a new in management and had my first “real” job out of college I would complain all the time.
I put in a lot of hours. I worked hard. Both were my choice.
 
Yet I complained about everything. I complained about how other people in the office had known each other longer than me and were closer, about how little I was paid, about how many hours I worked and about how I wasn’t taken seriously. Then I’d whine about how things never change.
 
It drove away people I cared about. 
 
I was seen as unappreciative. It caused me to often be in a bad mood. I overlooked what resources I did have. As suspected, my bosses didn’t take me seriously.
 
I made zero progress and felt like I had very little impact when what I wanted was to make a huge impact. Instead, I got more of the things I didn’t like in the first place.
 
Things started to change when I decided not to give my complaints any more air time.
 
I hit the mute button on complaining then changed the channel altogether. I started talking about what was going right, what was going well, what resources I did have and how I could use them. I got clear on what I really wanted. I worked toward my goals more efficiently.
 
Then amazing things started happening.
 
I got recognized. I got promoted. I won awards. I was sought after. I gained respect from upper management and my peers.
 
Shifting my language from complaints to gratitude was a catalyst that launched my career success.
 
Shifting my language changed everything for me. It can shift things for you, too.
 
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