As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
We are knee deep in into Holiday season and all its trappings. It is
difficult to find a few moments for one’s self with the events, shopping
and what have you.
Life is hectic. The demands of one’s job, life and all that revolves
around us can be a whirlwind at times. And at times, very nerve wracking
and unsettling. I wrote about this quite some time ago and thought,
giving the season, that is it time to repeat the important thought of giving thanks.
It is important to stop dead in your tracks – pause, reflect, give
thanks and be grateful for what you have and who you know. It gives a
new and fresh perspective.
Perhaps it is the boss you have that you like – sometimes and not
others. The special group of co-workers you spend your day with. Your
friends and business associates. Great clients. The folks who work in
your favorite stores. Your doctor and the medical professionals who work
to keep you healthy. The list can go one.
Being recognized with the
simple words of “Thank You” can put a shine on someone’s face for weeks,
and they will remember that and of course, you. Who do you think about
when asked for a referral – the person who was nice to you, grateful and
professional – that is who. So yes, it is important on a long-term
basis as well.
But where do you start? A few ideas:
• Remember that mentor – the person you go to for advice and feedback
with a phone call or personal visit just to say thanks. The person who
as a reference for you now or in the past as well – just say thanks.
• Think about the special person who helped you solve a problem at
work or at home. Maybe it was advice they gave; maybe an action of some
type. It happened in the past – bring it to the present by
acknowledging, showing your gratitude and saying thanks.
• Give back to your network of contacts – reach out, say thanks and ask how you can help them. In Harvey Mackay’s book, Dig Your Well Before You Are Thirsty (http://store.harveymackay.com/product_p/48543-3.htm), a highly recommended book on networking, he makes a very strong point: don’t just take from your network of contacts, always see how you can help them and then do so.
• In the hectic world of healthcare, where there never seems to be a
break, think about those who help you give care to a patient or attend
to a families need. The ones that perhaps are not recognized, or work in
the shadows so to speak – but are still ever so important. Perhaps it
is the contact who is helping you along in your healthcare career.
You may send a note, a holiday card, make a quick but impactful phone call or stop by – it doesn’t matter how – just say thanks.
Giving thanks and showing your gratitude will bring rewards back to
you as well. You will be remembered and thought of when a new
opportunity opens up for a job or in business, community or socially.
And – you will feel good too.
That feel good feeling is truly motivating and will take you to new heights.
And thank you for reading this. - Dan
President & Founder
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