When I was talking with doctors about stress in medicine, many who were struggling said that they didn’t feel appreciated, that they felt like a cog in the system.
The doctors who were thriving on the other hand did feel appreciated.
Now, while I didn’t go and observe all these doctors at work, I did ask them how much they expressed their appreciation for others when going about their doctor jobs.
The ones who were struggling often gave answers to the effect of, “If they don’t appreciate me, why would I appreciate them?”
The ones who were thriving were more likely to say, “I look for any opportunity to show my appreciation.”
Interesting, in order to feel appreciated it’s more important to give it than to receive it.
That makes sense though, doesn’t it? If you give appreciation you are expressing gratitude, and gratitude has been shown to increase our own sense of wellbeing, our sense of appreciation.
Try it, show your appreciation to everyone you can. I guarantee that you’ll feel better, that you’ll feel more appreciated, and I imagine that people will express their appreciation to you too.
At a minimum you’re more likely to get a generous serving at lunch!
Or do you want to be right?
Recently I was in a meeting with my management team.
One isn’t better than the other.
We all have different personas; the child, the warrior, the sage etc.
Is a feeling.
Entrepreneurs and doctors are similar in many ways.
Recently, I had an experience that led to a decision that on the outside might have seemed rapid and reckless.
Recently I met someone who inspired me to my very core; where they’ve come from, what they believe in, what they are doing, who they are, the integrity and courage they live with, the way they are living, the choices they are making, the trust they choose to live with…
They say the man who is going to live to 150 has already been born.