In our group coaching call this week, I took a different approach to getting things done. Last week we focused on the tasks and actions, we did our business plans for 2018 and our action plans for the first quarter. It was practical, useful and necessary.
But today, I asked different questions that are equally necessary to move your business forward.
Here are the 3 questions:
1. How do you want to feel today?
2. What actions can you take to support you in feeling that way?
3. What are 3 things you are grateful for today?
From this space of gratitude and focus on how we are feeling emotionally and physically, it’s so much easier to move forward in our business.
Showing your gratitude can be a great way to spread positive feelings in the world around you. When you think about it, reaching your goals starts with a single positive thought.
How do you feel when someone sincerely expresses his or her gratitude to you for something you did? Doesn’t it make you feel good about yourself? These positive feelings can lift you up, boost your enthusiasm, and motivate you to achieve even more.
Feeling grateful for what you have can produce the same good feelings and sustain your drive toward your goals.
This shows how gratitude can have some seriously positive snowball effects.
Here are 5 benefits of gratitude:
1. Reaching your goals. When you feel grateful, it tends to be a lasting and selfless feeling. It’s much more than just a momentary burst of positive energy; it has staying power that will provide a great boost for you to reach your goals.
• When you express your gratitude to others, ensure that you’re open and expressive. People don’t know what you’re thinking; hearing it can make all the difference.
2. Strengthened relationships. There are many ways you can express your gratitude to your clients, including saying, “Thank you,” writing a letter, or giving them a thoughtful gift. When you remind your clients you are grateful for them, they feel valued, they are more loyal and more likely to send you referrals or become lifelong clients and friends.
• Showing gratitude is a two way street. Learn how to effectively express your gratitude and, just as importantly, to receive it as well.
3. Improved communication. Gratitude can mean better communication all around. By expressing your gratitude to family members, colleagues or friends, they’ll be more likely to show an interest in helping you, too.
4. More effective constructive criticism. No matter how we express constructive criticism, it often makes the recipient defensive or even angry. No one likes a blow to the ego. In this situation, a grateful attitude can take you a long way. You can express criticism quite effectively when you also emphasize what you appreciate about them.
5. Preserving memories. You can preserve memories in a positive way when you keep a gratitude journal. You’ll be able to enjoy your memories again and again when you read about these happy times in the future.
Show Your Gratitude Every Day
Showing gratitude to others may seem like a selfless act, but it’s something that you also benefit from. When you show your gratitude every day, you change the way you think.
You’ll appreciate your good life when the majority of your thoughts remain positive. Negative thoughts can sometimes be overwhelming, and just because you have them doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. They happen to everyone, but you can strive to keep them to a minimum with the help of a grateful attitude.
On our group call today when I asked one client how she wanted to feel, she replied, “I don’t want to feel trapped.” I said what is the opposite of feeling trapped? She responded that she wants to feel connected to nature and spend more time outdoors and not stuck in her office. This tiny shift can have a huge impact on her mental state when she says “I am grateful for my walk today” or “I am looking forward to a day at the beach on Saturday.”
Stay connected to the big picture of what it is that you want to create and be grateful for every step on your journey that takes you closer.
Share in the comments below what or who you are grateful for today.