Sunday, June 6, 2010

G is for Gratitude

Develop and maintain an attitude of gratitude. Your overall success depends upon the help and efforts of everyone around you. As I have said many times, you will not become successful in any area of your life working alone.

Saying “Thank-you” is one of the simplest acts you can perform but the ramifications are huge. People need to feel appreciated. Everyone needs to know that what they are doing is valued by others. By acknowledging their efforts, especially those on your behalf, you validate them as a human being and as a valued part of your life.

When my wife asks if I closed the garage door in the evening I say thank-you. I may have already closed the door, but I appreciated the reminder. I do not get annoyed or upset that she has asked the question. I am no where near perfect (none of us are) and the question has no hidden agenda behind it. It is simply a question and I thank her for asking it. That is what I mean by an attitude of gratitude.

For the next 72 hours focus on expressing gratitude. Say thanks to anyone who has helped in any way; no matter how big or how small. Watch how those around you react. Very often people will tell you “it was nothing” or “no thanks needed”. But don’t let that fool you or stop you. Everyone appreciates a thank-you. Keep expressing gratitude and you will find people start going out of there way to help you. Since gratitude is not so easy to come by they are naturally drawn to it. It’s not being manipulative – it’s being human, and there is no greater act you can perform than to acknowledge the value of another person to your life or the lives of others.

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