Thankfulness Challenge, Appreciative Memories, Gratitude, and Regrets of Lost Opportunities.
As I was reading through the suggestions for Jim Cheney ’s challenge tonight my thoughts wandered to the many people that I am thankful for and how I really should be doing more.
I have been around for a long time and the opportunities to feel gratitude and the number of people that I am grateful for is such a long and flowing list.
Yet a list that never gets the recognition that it deserves, or more precisely the people on this list do not get the recognition and accolades that they deserve.
Millions of times over the years I have thought in my heart after leaving a meeting or event that I really need to send this person a thank you note, or more.
And millions of times, life got in the way and that note, or gift never got written or sent.
Lost opportunities to brighten the day of someone who had earned a brighter day.
Unfortunately, many of these people are long gone, and others would not even remember that event, the act, or possibly even remember me.
Moving Forward to a Better Approach.
Well the past is the past and that is where I will have to leave those regrets as I move on toward a better habit of showing my appreciation.
I do need to develop some better habits of taking the time to show this gratitude in a way beyond a simple “Thank You” from time to time.
Systems are important in most things and I do need to develop a system and a habit for this too.
- Those hand written Thank You notes that everyone keeps talking about may never get written, not in my DNA, so I may need to seek a different solution that will have the same impact as the hand-written notes do.
- Social media is getting to be the great communicator in our world, maybe something here would help.
- Perhaps a public Thank You and endorsement of them and their business on Facebook or LinkedIn.
- I know that emails are impersonal, but they are still better than no note at all.
- In my training or Keller Williams we do spend a lot of time training ourselves to make calls for 2 hours per day, maybe at least one of these days could be dedicated to making nothing but calls of gratitude.
Hopefully a few friends who are reading this could suggest a few other ways that I can incorporate more signs of gratitude into my business and life.
For the millions of people out there who I owe a thank you note to; please know that the gratitude for you is there, in my heart, even if it never got communicated to you as well as it should have been.
And I will work on doing better in the future.