Gratitude is an essential part of success. As you move forward towards achieving your personal and professional mission, you will have people who come alongside and help you. Showing gratitude to those people can be rewarding and help you move even further towards your goals.
How can you show gratitude to those who help you fulfill your mission?
Develop a Habit of Giving Thanks
Start every day with a few moments of reflection. Remember the people who helped you and make brief notes of the ways that they were instrumental in helping you. The purpose of writing these thoughts down is so you can come back to them later.
Send a Written Thank You Note
The written word is powerful. A written note of thanks shows the importance of the person’s contribution into your life. Be specific on the ways they impacted your journey.
Give a Hug
Seems simple, but showing affection (if appropriate) can be a meaningful way to thank someone for their help.
Return the Favour
Think of something meaningful to the person you want to show gratitude to and then take action. By doing something nice for them you are giving them a tangible expression of how grateful you are.
Write Them a List
Create a list of the top 5 or 10 things that you appreciate about them. Put the list in a frame and attach a note to thank them for the powerful ways you have benefited from their help.
Share Your Success
Find a way to publicly express your thanks. Tell your family and friends, post notes on social media and take opportunities to let others know the ways you’ve been helped.
Continue to Make Progress
One of the most powerful ways to demonstrate how much someone’s help meant is by completing the task they were helping with. Continuing to press towards success shows that their help wasn’t in vain. When you reach your goal, they can rejoice with you and take pride knowing they played an important part in helping you succeed.
Why is Gratitude so Important?
Gratitude helps you shift your focus from the negative things in your life. By putting your energy into gratitude, you are retraining your brain to look for reasons to be thankful. As you develop this habit, you’ll find that you’re overwhelmed with the reasons you have to give thanks.
Gratitude Helps Improve Your Mental and Physical Health
People who express gratitude live healthier, more productive lives. When you express gratitude to others, it can cause a spike in the hormones responsible for good feelings. This can create a positive cycle of looking for things to be grateful for, and then expressing that gratitude, which makes you feel good, so you look for more things to be grateful for and the cycle continues.
Gratitude Takes the Focus off Yourself
It is easy to become self-centered as you work towards a personal mission. When you take the time to show gratitude, you remove the attention on yourself and what you’ve accomplished and turn it on others. This not only helps you prioritize others, it can help keep you grounded with the idea that success is not a one-person journey.
Who do you need to thank today?
Michele Bailey is president and CEO of Blazing Agency and My Big Idea®. These two lines of business work congruently to support her clients’ success.