Consulting advice: Gratitude – enjoy the small things

By | April 15, 2014

Have some gratitude. There is a lot of research that shows that when you are grateful, you are happier. I firmly believe this, and it applies to everyone, not just consultants.

Small things.  

  • Current project has a nice conference room. Nice and sunny, private, air-conditioned well, easy access to key clients – but far enough to get our work done.
  • Current project is driving distance. It still requires hotels, but leaving the house at 9am is WAY better than leaving the house at 4:30am to catch a 6:45am flight.
  • Working on Friday afternoon on my colleague’s patio. Blue blue sky, red maple.
  • Newer consultants getting better, slowly.
  • Friend’s hard-drive crashes, but all the data was backed up
  • Shrimp and grits at the client’s cafeteria.
  • Boss reviews .ppt needed for next day, and it is 90% correct, first time around.
  • You have friends at work you can laugh with, even though projects are off-the-rails busy. Stop mid conversation to ask, “besides work, how’s everything else?”
  • Ordering Dominos to hotel room at 12:15am. College style.
  • Krispy Kreme for breakfast with the paper, before the client site
  • Playing tennis after work, before dinner, and before more client work at hotel

Big things.  

  • Got a wager with a work colleague to exercise. Every marginal day the other person does not exercise is $5. Good to have friends who motivate you.
  • My wife said she was proud of me the other day.  Big, big props.
  • High-drama people who are not on your project.
  • Client wants you to stick around longer, add-on work.
  • My boss continues to trust me with more work (uh, wait a minute). . . .

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3 thoughts on “Consulting advice: Gratitude – enjoy the small things

  1. Matt

    I’m 100% in agreement with you – when the small things line up on projects for clients (and in your personal life) it tends to smooth out the bumps.

    Recognising and appreciating what does go right makes a big difference in the expression on your face when you’re walking back into your house.

  2. Group50

    I totally agree as well. The energy we put out into the world is the energy we attract back!

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