Thursday November 9, 2017
What goes through your mind when you get a win? Whether it’s a big win, such as landing a big account, or a small victory like something going right the first time, chances are you didn’t do it all on your own. Somebody (more like several somebodies) helped you get there.
No matter who we are, we have people around us who help us achieve our goals. Unfortunately, we forget to take the time to reflect on those individuals. Even if we do recognize the help we are getting along the way, we don’t always take the time to say thank you.
There are lots of reasons to show gratitude. Of course, the most important reason is that we want the people who assist us to know that we recognize and appreciate the part they play. However, there are selfish reasons to give thanks as well.
Science has proven that showing gratitude and being thankful can do us a lot of good. First off, it simply makes us feel better. Not only does it improve our overall attitude, but numerous studies have shown that people who are grateful experience fewer aches and pains. When we feel good about ourselves, we tend to take better care of ourselves and be more proactive about our health care. The same studies prove that being grateful can improve our relationships, lead to better sleep, and make us more optimistic.
So now you’re convinced that you want to be more grateful. What comes next?
Let’s go back to who helps you win. Really think about it. Write it down if you need to. Remember, wins don’t have to be monumental, especially since most of our successes come in the form of baby steps. If you’re honest about it, you’ll probably come up with a pretty long list: your family, the team that supports you at work, the service providers you cross paths with, your brand advocates, your clients and customers. Each and every one of these people shares in your successes.
Simply thinking each day about how thankful you are for these people will go a long way toward helping you to embrace gratitude. Taking the next step and expressing your thanks is even better. How you go about that is up to you. The point is showing appreciation will be good for both you and the people you are thanking.
So the next time you get a win, take time to celebrate it. Then stop and think about how you got there and who helped you. While you don’t have to spend all your time going around and saying thank you, taking a few moments each day to reflect on who you are grateful for will lead to a happier, healthier you. Chances are, you’ll soon find that your relationships are stronger and more rewarding as well. When the time is right, you’ll know the best thing to say or the right gesture to make to show your appreciation. As long as it comes from the heart, it will be the perfect thing to do.
Oh, and in case I forget, I’m grateful for you! Each of you are part of the group that helps us win here at Assist For the Win and we consider you one of our blessings, not just in November, but all year long!