The beginning of a new year is typically a time when we reflect on our accomplishments, express appreciation for our families, friends, and those who have contributed to our success, and plan for what’s ahead. It’s a time to be involved with creative thinking. It may be just one or two changes that are needed, but we must remember that it’s the sum of the actions of all those involved, that will help us to reach on our goals. Not one of us can survive alone. It takes colleagues, customers, developers, networks, affiliates and many others to get the job done.
A huge key to our success is “Appreciation.” The effects of positive feedback and appropriate appreciation in whatever environment you are working cannot be over stated. There are at least two aspects of appreciation. First, it involves recognition or acknowledgement of a job well done. Feeling appreciated brings out the best in all of us and encourages us to go the extra mile, to do more and to do a better job while we’re at it!
Secondly, appreciation involves respect and encouragement of the ideas of those around us. It is OK to challenge one another, share different perspectives and take thoughtful risks, as long as we come from a place of curiosity and keep an attitude of positive intent.
We all enjoy seeing that our work is having a positive impact on people around us. If someone has had a helped you in your business, say so. Let them know.
Successes from the past should make us proud. As we move into 2016, think about how far we can take our businesses if each of us embraces the idea of “Appreciation.” Be grateful all year long, appreciate people on a regular basis and show it by simple words and/or actions.
When we give our time to let people know that we value them, it inspires them to continue doing what we appreciate. Maybe that’s why gratitude is so impactful . . . it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
There is no doubt that when we say the simple words “thank you” we make the other person feel important and valued. It improves our own sense of value as well. Each time we express appreciation to another person we feel better about ourselves, our attitude improves, and we become more grateful.
It is nice to be on the receiving end of appreciation. However, did you know that the real power comes from the internal experience of expressing gratitude? It can feel awkward to spot strengths in others and even more awkward to deliberately express appreciation. It’s sad, that so many people find it challenging to find a positive quality in another person!
Scientific research shows that the impact of gratitude on physical, psychological, and social health is sizable. Not only does gratitude and appreciation feel good, but it boosts your immune system, reduces stress and anxiety, buffers against depression, improves sleep, and supports healthy behaviors such as exercise. On top of all that, it may even make you smarter!
People who regularly practice gratitude are less likely to procrastinate, more likely to remain focused on priorities and find creative solutions to problems. Research also finds that the person who is giving, the person who is receiving, and the people who are witnessing, all benefit from expressions of gratitude.
It can be as simple as stopping a few times a day, intentionally paying attention to what is happening and connect with gratitude. You could even experiment with a smile if you are feeling daring!
“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”
Alfred North Whitehead