With Thanksgiving upon us, there seems to be no better time to reflect on the year, on what you have, and on how to be a better you in 2021.
It’s also a great time to express thanks and gratitude, not only for what we have but also for those that support us and who have helped us to be successful this year.
It’s always a little bit funny when you hear people (myself included) say such things as “I need to get home to defrost the chicken” or “I’m so frustrated because my photos aren’t syncing from my phone to my computer.” Clearly, these are first world problems. By the very nature of the fact that you are reading this article, I know that you also have primarily first world problems.
3 Ways to Express Gratitude in Your Business
So, how does a person with first world problems express gratitude? That’s easy. Here are 3 ways to reach out to those around you to express thanks for all they have done for you in 2021.
Write personal notes. Personal notes take time to write, particularly if they come from the heart. When I write a personal note to a friend, relative, client, business associate, or referral partner, I always try to think about one very specific item that I can mention in the note. Example: “I really appreciated how you took time out of your busy schedule to help me optimize my LinkedIn account.” When you provide specific examples and details, you send a message that is much more personal and will lead to a longer and richer relationship.
Keep a journal. Just like a mantra, create a regular journaling routine where you jot down some of the things for which you are grateful. These don’t have to be life-changing things, but simple things that make you happy. Today I’m grateful that I’m able to have Thanksgiving with my entire family, that the weather is good and I am able to take my dog for a nice, long walk. (Shameless plug: If you want to start keeping a journal, check out my motivational journal for real estate agents.)
Use social media to share your gratitude. If there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that people on social media are sick and tired of hearing about the election results. Spread the good word and some happiness among your peeps by sharing your gratitude through motivational quotes, pretty pictures, family photos, and even personal messages on the timelines of your friends, family, and other Facebook connections.
According to Inc.com, studies have linked gratitude to improved mental health, better relationships, decreased stress, increased energy, and exceptional mental strength. If you want to hit it hard in 2022, why not begin with gratitude in 2021?
To that end, thanks so much to all the readers of my blog for your continued support and lovely messages throughout the year. Thanks also to those you have lovingly and loyally supported the Pipeline Planner and the Motivational Journal. (And, for those who have emailed me and asked: we are offering some really great specials on Black Friday, the Thanksgiving weekend, and even on Cyber Monday—so stay tuned.)
Best wishes to you all for a wonderful Thanksgiving.