Extending Your Gratitude

Quote of the Week

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Melody Beattie

Extending Your Gratitude

by Phyllis Sisenwine

During this month of Thanksgiving, let’s look at what we have to be thankful for. Whether it is in our businesses or our personal lives, how often do you think about how much you have? Let’s focus on what you have accomplished this year. Take a few minutes now to make a list of what projects you have completed, what new clients you have attracted and any personal successes you have had. Now think about the people who may have helped you along the way. We rarely achieve anything alone. Whether its family members, customers and clients who have been with us for many years, or the people in our lives who have contributed to our successes, we need to express our gratitude to them. There are many ways to show friends, customers, clients, neighbors and associates how much you value having them in your life. It can be as simple as a personal note or as elaborate as a dinner or lunch at a favorite restaurant. You might want to send a client flowers or a note or just tell them how valued they are.Consider sending a letter of gratitude to your clients thanking them for their continued support and for their business. If they feel you appreciate them, it can only enhance your relationship. You can mention some successes you’ve accomplished this year and reinforce how grateful you are for their business. You might want to include a box of candy or a book to your larger accounts.In your letter of gratitude you might also consider mentioning some client extras or added value you have integrated into your business. Your customers might not be aware of some of the extras you now offer. (If you don’t offer any added value, perhaps now is the time to implement some.) An added value might be a yearly golf outing, a dinner, or an unexpected phone call from you to just see how they’re doing.

For example, as a coach, my clients contract for two or three telephone sessions per month, but I give extra short calls whenever needed and unlimited e-mail coaching and faxes. Clients can also attend most of my seminars at no charge. These are added value for my clients. Think about something extra you can do for your customers and mention it in the letter of gratitude that you send.

During this holiday season why not plan a gathering of prospective clients or friends? Maybe it’s time to show gratitude to your family.

When was the last time you expressed gratitude to yourself? Sometimes we are so busy striving to reach our goals we forget to acknowledge our own achievements. Take some time in the next few days to make a list of things you are grateful for. Look at the past year. Don’t focus on the account you didn’t get or the one thing you didn’t accomplish. To make your gratitude list, focus on the positives and your successes and wins. Make a list of everything you are grateful for. Simply focusing on the positives will help you to manifest more positives in your life. I’ve seen it happen time and time again.

Focus on what it is that you want. Create a list of ten daily habits that you would like to incorporate into your schedule. It might be a walk, a relaxing bath, taking time to read a book for pleasure, having a conversation with a dear friend, meditating or buying flowers for yourself. Make a list of daily acts of self-care and work on adding them to your life. Be grateful for you. You deserve it! Have a great holiday!

Copyright 2009, All Rights Reserved. Phyllis Sisenwine, Master Certified Coach, can be reached at www.powerfulcoaching.com.

Coaching Call to Action

To me gratitude means being thankful and in appreciation. In this time of giving thanks, what will you do to show gratitude for customers, family, friends and even strangers? Call or e-mail with your stories. What did you do? What did you notice about yourself and the other person? Keep it going.