When I’ve asked a dissertation coaching client if he or she would look at a problem through a lens of gratitude, I am first of all surprised at what I had just blurted out and I wonder what the client will say. Secondly, I’m surprised at how almost immediately the client slows down, lets go of some anxiety around the writing process or the relationship with his or her advisor, and becomes thoughtful.
The answer almost always reveals that the writer is considering a new way of looking at a problem.
Showing gratitude is a character strength that could take a bit more practice. Our busy, stressful lives may give us little time or inclination to acknowledge the huge role others play in our lives.
As we in the U.S. celebrate Thanksgiving this week, consider thanking someone who has been of help to you.
As for me, I thank you for reading my blog. It’s good to know that you’re here.
Nancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC
International Dissertation Coach and Academic Career Coach