Thanksgiving was this past Thursday and although it’s widely known as an excuse to overeat, its also a good time remember what we are thankful for. Whether it be the friends, family, the food on your table, this is a great tradition. It’s a time to remember those who make us who we are.
But remembering is only the first step. The actual saying of thank you is where the power comes from. Its a bond builder. Both saying and receiving a thank you is one extra drop in the trust bucket and takes no effort. Often people just need the reminder. So here it is, a few people that usually get skipped when the thanks are being passed around. Say thank you to everyone on the list below this week; your relationships will only grow from it.
To Your Mentors
If you consider yourself to be a successful person, chances are you were guided that way. Those who have guided you should be reminded that it was worth their time and effort. And I mean all mentors in your life. Its super easy to find the person you talk to every day and say thank you, but its also super easy to find your indirect mentor and tell them “thank you” as well. Your Indirect mentors are the authors and influencers that reach you via their content. More than likely they have a twitter account or a site in which you can go in and describe how they have helped you in some way. More than likely, that’s the reason they do it so it would be nice to hear.
To Your Support System
Again, if you are successful, you probably had help along the way. Discover who your pillars are. These are the people that helped you when working late or during some troubling times at home. Find them and tell them you appreciate it.
To Your Team
Your team often dictates your overall success, so its important for them to hear your appreciation. But don’t just limit it to direct team, think about all the colleagues you interact with to make “ad-hoc” type teams. If you find yourself requiring help in a parallel form, thank them as well. Highlight something you appreciate and make it known publicly. If you do, I guarantee the next time you interact; the relationship will be noticeably different in a positive way.
To Your Boss
You may not always agree with the way they do things, but if they are your leader, they should be looking out for your best interests. Just like you believe you put your people in a position to be successful, they are doing the same in their way. Tell them “thank you,” early and often. In a world that needs good leaders, if you work for one, its time for some positive affirmation so it will spread. If you don’t work for a good leader, saying thank you is still a powerful tool to let them know what parts of their leadership you do appreciate. Pick a trait that you would like to see strengthened and highlight it. Saying “thank you” can be useful for coaching up.
The corporate world is a tough place to work sometimes, but it doesn’t have to be. The company culture plays a giant part in the way we feel about where we work and having a “Thank you” culture is where you want to be. I have never heard the sentence “I don’t like where I work because my company says thank you too much.” The bottom line is that people are doing awesome stuff every day, they just tend to go unnoticed. The simple act of noticing them will only amplify the rate in which awesome stuff continues to get done. That’s basic math (sort of).
I wanted to end this by saying thank you to my readers. Your interactions and feedback are the reason I do this and the support in the past year has been both overwhelming and humbling. You guys rock, and I sincerely thank you for your continued support.
I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!
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