One of the big perks of being a Canadian married to an American is two Thanksgivings. Double the family, double the turkey hangovers, double the football. It’s a pretty sweet deal.
As I pack up my things for the Thanksgiving weekend, I am pausing to consider how cool it is to be in business today.
You have an opportunity to work with and serve people every day. You have an opportunity to bring value to them, and you have an opportunity to receive value. It’s pretty amazing.
But in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to lose sight of how good we’ve got it. Over the next week try a little exercise. See how many times you can say “thank you.”
Send a Thank You note
The art of the “Thank You” note is not lost. Pick up some note cards, find yourself a writing instrument, and write a few handwritten notes.
Send them to your clients. You wouldn’t be in business without them.
Send them to your vendors and partners. They help you do the work you do.
Send them to your friends and family. It’s Thanksgiving. Keep the cheer going beyond the weekend.
Try to send at least a card a day. And if you can do more, by all means send more. You don’t have to wait for Christmas to acknowledge the important people in your business and your life.
Acknowledge your team
You wouldn’t be where you are without your team.
It’s easy to take your team for granted. You work with them every day. They’re a constant. But their work and their participation is essential for your company.
Acknowledge them by doing something unexpected. Order a few pizzas for your team, and have an impromptu wine and pizza lunch. It’s fun. It’s not too expensive. And you can demonstrate how much your team means to you.
Appreciate the little things
Stop and smell the roses.
The next 30 days are busy — they’re busy for everyone. Black Friday is the start of the holiday season. There will be tons of seasonal activities on top of wrapping up your work priorities for year end.
Don’t let the season overwhelm you. Take stock of all the good things going on in your life, your career, and your business.
Set a goal and measure your progress
The purpose of the Thank You exercise is to be purposeful. Set a goal. How many Thank Yous will you send over the next seven days? One a day, five a day, ten a day? Set your goal, and track your progress.
Take the week and give thanks. It’s a great exercise to take on, and it helps put life into perspective.