The Art of Being Grateful

Justin CrottySeason’s greetings from the NetEnrich Blog! This month, in celebration of the holiday season, we are pleased to share this guest post from NetEnrich Senior Vice President and General Manager, Justin Crotty, on “The Art of Being Grateful.”

As IT professionals – as is likely the case in most professions – much of our time and energy is spent on growing revenues, driving scale, improving profitability, executing the right strategy, delivering value, beating the competition, and in general delivering the best possible results for our business, and for ourselves. While this is a necessary part of our fast-paced, competitive market, it can leave little time for anything else, including stopping every once in a while to reflect on what is important in life.

This time of year, many of us shift our focus, even if slightly, away from the business world and toward family, tradition, giving, and helping others, and rightly so – the holidays are designed for this. Yet, as we run around purchasing gifts, volunteering at our children’s holiday parties, taking goodies to our neighbors, celebrating with our co-workers or clients, and partaking of all that the season has to offer, its true meaning is often lost in this whirlwind of activity.

For example, how many of us actually take time to remind ourselves of the countless things we should be grateful for? How many of us recognize that gratefulness and humility are as critical to our success, both personally and professionally, as any of the skills or business strategies we focus on daily?

For instance, what are you grateful for? Your health, if you have it, for without it we have nothing. What about family, friends and co-workers? Have you told them how grateful you are for them lately? Certainly we are grateful for the opportunity to live in the greatest country on earth, despite its problems and faults. Do we spend energy finding small ways to nurture our relationships, preserve our health, and make our country better?

If you are planning to make any resolutions for the New Year, I challenge you to make gratitude a part of your daily routine. Tell the people you are grateful for why they are important to you, and someday they may return the favor. Tell those you love that you love them – everyday. Find ways to help others – you have skills and resources that many do not – and you can make a huge impact on others, and your communities, even in very small ways. 

Also, don’t forget to take the time this holiday season to recognize all that you are grateful for. You may be surprised by what happens when you practice the art of being grateful!

Happy Holidays.