One of the first lessons in etiquette that most parents teach their children is the magic word combination that will shape their lives…
Please and Thank You.
If you learn to integrate these words and the meaning behind them as a part of who you are, your life will be something you truly embrace as a gift. Conversely, if you fail to adopt these common expressions of appreciation into your daily repertoire, you may be seen as rude, demanding, self-centered or careless. Hardly the type of qualities that any smart business owner would want to be classified as.
What many children who grow up to become adults may not realize is that expressing gratitude is not just a matter of etiquette, it is a way of enjoying life. When we are grateful for the experiences we have (good and bad), the people in our lives, the opportunities that come our way and the growth that we experience throughout life, we give ourselves the chance to appreciate each moment.
If you choose to see each element in your life as something to be grateful for, you will develop an attitude of gratitude. The cool thing is that this attitude not only benefits you, but it affects those around you in a positive way (including your children who will do as you do, not as you say). People want to work with, buy from and be surrounded by people who appreciate them. People are also drawn to others who appreciate life because it inspires them to do the same. So, if you want to play your A-Game and move toward the success that you have envisioned, adopting an attitude of gratitude is an asset that will serve you well.
What would your life look like if every day started with “Thank You”?
You would wake up being thankful for your life.
Your loved ones would feel loved.
Your work would be welcomed as a gift.
Each challenge would become a lesson.
Each moment would become the present.
Your team would feel appreciate and gladly perform to the best of their ability.
Your smile would never get worn out.
Your life would be enjoyed.
Your children would learn to be grateful and appreciate life.
The world would be a happier place.
So will you?