The Oprah Winfrey Habit That Will Improve Your Sportscasting

Two people I especially admire are Oprah Winfrey and former Philadelphia Eagle turned magician, Jon Dorenbos. I love the two because they both exude joy and gratitude.

Feeling gratitude is critical to feeling joy. Here’s why: it’s impossible to experience negative emotions like frustration, disappointment, or anger when you’re feeling gratitude.

Here are a few things you can do to feel grateful while waiting for the games – and your sportscasting career – to resume.

1. Do what Oprah does: Keep a gratitude journal

I started keeping a gratitude journal several years ago. I write in it each day, often about things I’ve done during the day with my wife and son.

Either at the start of your day or before you go to bed, write down five things for which you’re grateful. It could be as simple as a beautiful sunrise or sunset. Whatever makes you grateful, write it down. Your mindset will begin to change.

It’s like exercise. The more you exercise, the healthier you get. It’s the same with feeling gratitude.

2. Mail hand-written thank you cards to people who have impacted your life

It can be family members, friends, teachers, or maybe somebody with whom you haven’t had contact for twenty years. Imagine the joy and happiness you’ll bring to them when they receive your heartfelt message of thanks. The act of writing the note will dramatically lift your own as well.

3. Wish something good for someone else

“I hope that Mom and Dad have a great day tomorrow.” Thinking kind thoughts for others will help fuel a positive attitude.

How will all this improve your sportscasting?

It’s something I’ve mentioned before: more important than working on your career is working on yourself.

When you have the right mindset, you’re going to approach the job market with a better attitude. You’re going to approach your interaction with prospective employers from a more positive place. And you’re going to take a better attitude and outlook onto the air when you broadcast.

Have an attitude of gratitude. It will improve your sportscasting.

I promise.

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