By Diana Williams
C5 Sales Solutions
Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely business. Of course there are times of great flexibility and freedom, that’s why so many people choose this lifestyle. However, choosing a life as a solo business woman often leaves me wanting for collaborative input, creative synergy and just plain “water-cooler” conversation. Today is one of those days. I am feeling lonely, unfocused and a bit crabby.
When I find myself complaining about what I’m lacking in my entrepreneurial lifestyle, I find it is exactly the time to stop and be thankful for everything I DO have. Taking a few moments each day to express gratitude for little blessings keeps me focused on what matters most and at the same time generates positive energy and the mojo I need to get motivated and productive.
Here are 3 keys to a busy professional’s gratitude practice:
1. Start your day expressing thanks
Start each day expressing gratitude. Wake up being grateful for another day of life. Realize what a gift it is to have the opportunity to work, (especially doing the work you love), be healthy and have another day above ground! Life is not always about trying to get what you want, but appreciating what you have. There is a lot more peace in this mindset.
ACTION: Take 3 deep breaths before getting out of bed and take note of what you are grateful for right in this very moment. Write these things down, ANYWHERE. The act of writing cements yours thoughts and confirms your beliefs in your brain! It makes it true for you.
2. Genuinely appreciate others
Proactively look for opportunities throughout your day to genuinely say “Thank You”.
ACTION: Seek out that special person who has gone the extra mile or done something kind, look them in the eye, connect and let them know how much you appreciate the contribution they are making to you or others. A simple little “thank you” matters. Every human desires recognition, whether they say it out loud or not. Suck it up, get outside of yourself, share your heart and make someone’s day!
3. Handwritten notes are priceless
Take the time to write at least one handwritten note per week. The act of expressing your gratitude to another in writing is therapeutic and truly a lost art. I got a call one time, from a banking executive telling me she was in the office of her client and saw of my handwritten thank you note on his wall. She asked him, “Why do you have her note up in your office?” He said, because I have never received such a nice note before, and it meant the world to me she took the time to write just to say “Thank you”.” That was almost 9 years ago and I continue this practice weekly. Key points: Be real, speak from the heart and keep your intent clean.
ACTION: Now, go write!
At this time of year we tend to focus more on gratitude. My challenge to you is to include the art of expressing thanks in your daily practice. Make it part of your business plan and your life. Just like brushing your teeth, it is as essential to your overall health and well-being. I am thankful you took the time to read my words. #sograteful