Stop Struggling: That’s Not What You Went Into Business For, Is It?

As business owners we typically launch our business out of a passion; a passion to serve others in a particular area and as a side vision for our own life, our goal is to create freedom – time freedom and financial freedom.

Solid reasons to become a business owner, yet so often the desire to serve others takes hold at the expense of time and financial freedom without streamlined systems and processes to keep your business running efficiently.

There is so much to do, you are literally building and maintaining your business on the go, focused on serving others and bringing in enough revenue to pay the bills and feed your family.

Your day is filled from morning to night trying to figure where you should focus for the day and or focusing in so many directions, putting out fires, keeping things afloat, that the very things that can make your life easier in the long run, are put on the back burner in an attempt to simply survive your day and keep your existing clients.

This is not what you had envisioned for yourself.

You know there is a better way.

You know your clients deserve better.

You know your family deserves better.

You know you deserve better.

You’ve become the “cliche” spending all the time “IN” your business you don’t think you have time to work “ON” your business.

You are tired, frustrated, exhausted, stuck, overwhelmed or simply wondering, how do I grow this and create what I know it can be?

The question to answer is, what proactive action are you taking today to start creating the true vision you had for your business, for your clients, for your family and for you?

If you are interested in a few quick, simple ways to start streamlining and create stronger results, email me today at:

I’m committed to bring you Bold Strategy and Big Results meaning you Close More Sales, Grow Your Team, Make More Money and Enjoy More Life!  Find out how today…

~ Dana

PS: If you are Ready  let’s jump on a Business Growth Strategy Call, click here and apply today!

Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion.  ~ Oprah Winfrey


How Hiring a VA Can Grow Your Business, Your Income, and Your Reach

For so many entrepreneurs who are already stressed, tired, and overwhelmed by the day to day running of their businesses, the thought of bringing someone on board to help is enough to send them running in the other direction.That’s understandable, because whether they’ve tried to hire a virtual assistant (VA) in the past or just heard horror stories about them from colleagues, they know that VAs often amount to more work and more headache than trying to do it all themselves.

However, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way.

By hiring the right VA for your business, you can actually take work off your overflowing plate, as well as increase your profits and expand your marketing efforts.

Follow these simple steps to team up with a VA who is going to grow your business alongside you.

1. Start with your network and trusted resources. 

The simple truth of where the VA hiring process too often goes wrong is the location where entrepreneurs find candidates. I recommend steering clear of the most popular VA job boards, where anyone can put up a profile even if they have no work experience.

Instead, either use a niche VA job board where candidates are vetted or trained, or stick with word of mouth from colleagues or professionals you trust. Reach out to your Facebook groups and other online communities for recommendations.

2. Decide what you need help with before the hiring process. 

Another mistake I’ve seen many entrepreneurs fall into is not knowing exactly what they need help with as they go through the hiring and training process. Make a list of the areas you feel your expertise is lacking, as well as the tasks you just hate doing.

Starting the search with those things in mind will not only help you find the right candidate for you, it will also give you extra motivation to cross those things off your to do list!

3. Cast your net for VAs with an expertise. 

In the virtual assistance industry, there are generalists and also people who specialize in a particular area. If you want a partner who can help you grow your business, you’ll need to find someone who has marketing expertise.

You might need to pay a slightly higher rate, but it will be worth it for their years of experience and the value they provide your business.

4.  Work with your new VA to automate your marketing. 

Once you’ve found a great VA who is going to help you expand your reach and earn more income, one of the best projects they can do for you is automating your marketing efforts. Automation is the key to growing steadily without spending a fortune or sucking up everyone’s time. 

Two great ways to start automating are first, have your VA help you set up a lead-capturing funnel to grow your email list, and second, automate your social media strategy.

Jama BryanJama St. John is the owner and founder of Your Online Marketing Team, a multi-VA practice that partners with entrepreneurs for implementation and marketing strategy. Jama has been working in the virtual assistance industry since 1996 and is also an Infusionsoft Certified Consultant. For your free report on Lifecycle Marketing to Turn Your Prospects into Clients, visit

Speaking: It’s not about You

speaker-at-podium-e1433906390544A would-be speaker told me he desperately needs to tell his story.  It’s a sad story, though it ends on an upbeat note. It’s also a compelling story; it could generate a lot of interest.  But that’s not the point, is it?

A client said she has trouble sticking to the time she’s given to speak because, “I have so much information I need to share.”

You might be familiar with the feeling. You have an opportunity to talk and you don’t want to waste a minute. You cram your speaking time with content; you think if they just understand how important it is, they’ll buy. Or buy in to your idea.

Time to take a step back.

The mistake these folks are making is making it all about them. Their needs. Their information. Their agenda.

Successful speakers spin that around. Instead of focusing on their own needs, they emphasize what their listeners need. They strive to include information to educate or entertain their audience (ideally, both).

Look, people with tragic pasts sometimes do feel driven to talk about it; it’s understandable. And the place for that is a therapist’s office or support group. The healing has to happen before they take their tale to a wider audience.

And those who are enthusiastic about a company, a cause or a candidate often get the notion that if they just give us enough reasons for their passion, we’ll share it. We’ll be compelled to buy their product, donate to their organization, vote for their candidate.

The reality is: when we’re bombarded with information, we shut down and shut out that earnest speaker who’s trying so hard to enlist our support. When we sense a speaker crossing boundaries or venting their emotions for their own sake, it makes us uncomfortable. We pull back instead of leaning in.

So. Of course you have an objective when you speak, whether it’s a keynote or a brief introduction at a networking meeting.  You DO want us to buy or donate or support – you want us to take some action or you wouldn’t be speaking.

How do you reconcile your appropriate desire to influence your audience with what I just said about focusing on their needs rather than yours?

Try this. Run everything you’re going to say about you through the filter of them.

Stop and ask yourself:

  • Who are the people I’m talking to? What fascinates them? What drives them? What ticks them off?
  • What can I say about my service that will mean something to my audience? Here’s a hint. It’ll be about the results people get from your work, not about the process you follow.
  • How much information can they take in, given the time we have? (The answer is almost always less than you think.) And what else is competing for their attention?
  • How can I translate my jargon to their language? Example: they don’t live in a residential property. They live in a house, a home or a condo.  So a Realtor should use that language instead of “residential and commercial property.”  Same thing is true for you, whatever field you’re in.
  • Where can I replace the word “I” with the word “you”?  This can be as simple as changing phrases like “I want to tell you” to “You’re about to discover.”  Notice that the focus shifts from what you want (they don’t care!) to what they’re going to get.
  • What do I want them to think or feel or do as a result of what they hear from me?

Here’s your challenge. Sometime in the next week, you’re going to be speaking about your work or your passion (if you’re lucky, they’re the same thing).

Try running your material through the Filter of Them and see how it changes things.

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Catherine Johns coaches business owners and professionals to be more pithy, potent and persuasive when they speak. So they can get more clients, have more impact and make more money.

3 Reasons Why You Need To Focus On Personal Growth in Your Business

Personal Growth

I want to start today’s post off with an exercise.  Repeat after me:

The most important asset I have is myself.

Now I want you to say that again, this time out loud.

The most important asset I have is myself.

To truly understand the magnitude of that statement you need to know why.

In my blog post, Why You Should Always Come First, I detail the significance of making yourself priority number one.  Now I’m going to explain how that self-devotion will lead to business growth.

No one else on this planet is in charge of your happiness or success.  This is why I work so hard with my clients to help them understand the importance of balanced living.  There is no business success without personal success.

I’ve compiled my top 3 reasons why personal growth is crucial to your business:

1.  Your Health is Your Wealth

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  A healthier you = a healthier business!

Emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually healthy people are more productive.  That’s not my opinion, that’s science!  There are plenty of studies out there proving this statement.

Get to know yourself on a deeper level.  The more self-awareness you have, the more apt you’ll be to setting SMART goals and achieving them.

Take care of yourself on every level and you’ll be performing at 100%.  In other words, increase your self worth, to ultimately increase your net worth.  Investing in yourself includes everything from adopting a healthy diet/exercise to meditation or reading an industry-specific book.

2.  Personal Growth Skills are Leadership Skills

In order to reach and achieve your business/professional goals you need to be a leader.  And someone who knows how to take care of others, most definitely knows how to take care of themselves.

Personal growth programs are becoming very popular at companies.  Google, for example, launched a very successful one several years ago.  Employees reported being much happier after completing the course and thus more apt to work harder.

Investing in the well being of your teammates and employees shows them that you value their health and happiness.  And satisfied employees want to make their “leader” happy.  A great leader will lead to better business growth and development.

3. You Can’t Make Everyone Happy

Face it, there will always be the complainers, the naysayers, the negative Nancies, Debbie downers, if you will.  They’re just a fact of life.  So instead of worrying about changing their minds, or making them happy, focus on making YOU happy.

If you flip this way of thinking and concern yourself with your own well-being and happiness, you’ll be able to better concentrate on your goals and future plans.  The bottom-line is, if you are not intentionally focused on growing you, how in the world do you believe your business will grow?

Personally I greet each day with this goal in mind: I want to be better today than I was yesterday and tomorrow I’ll strive to be better then today.

Now the question of the hour… do you take the time to grow yourself?  I want to know how you improve you.  If you don’t know where to start when it comes to personal growth, then let’s set up a complimentary Strategy Call.

To Your Continued and Ever-Growing Success,



How to Make an Additional $30K per Month by Selling More with Integrity and Ease…

Making more money is great, but having more dollars sitting in some bank account doesn’t really get you anything.  If you’re like most people, what you really want is the vast amount of choices that come with an additional $5k, $10K, and even $30,000 per month in sales?

Imagine having the FREEDOM to DO and GO where you want with who you want?  Vacations, spending more time with people you care about, and LESS STRESS!

If you’re interested, here is how you can do it…

AM Williams PicMy name is A.M. Williams and in my late twenties I was diagnosed with a condition of incomplete paraplegia.

As you can imagine, it was an extremely scary time filled with mountains of uncertainty about the future.  Not only did I lose the ability to walk, but I was forced into dealing with everyday life in ways I’d never experienced before.

Luckily, I met a young wise businesswoman by the name of Cecilia Swonzik who also had the same condition of paraplegia.

Cecilia was a witty, brown hair, blue-eyed veteran of adversity. She had what you would call an extremely optimistic perspective on life I didn’t have.

Continue to struggle or try something different?

One day I was telling her how much I looked forward to getting back on my feet and being “normal”.  That’s when she interrupted me and said to me in her usual assertive tone:

“Walking? What the hell is that A.M.? ANYONE can walk across the room and get a glass of water. 

Who you ARE is more valuable than WALKING, but you just can’t see it. 

You’re too focused on being like everybody else, so you can “fit in.”

The minute you realize you’re capable of PRODUCING VALUE for people by applying YOUR unique talents to solving their unique problems, you’ll see a path to get the financial results you’re looking for.”

I thought to myself WOW…Are you trying to “fit” in the same sales role as everyone else and coming up SHORT every month?

Imagine how your business would change by focusing on …

From that day forward, I made it my BUSINESS to embrace where I was, and embrace I wasn’t “normal” like everyone else. I began to stop comparing myself and instead used that energy to focus on what unique talents I ALREADY possessed…

adding value…And how I could use them to communicate and ADD VALUE to my prospects and clients.

This is when my world COMPLETELY shifted. My body didn’t change but my perspective DID and so did my BANK ACCOUNT.

Since then this lesson has led to SO many profitable business relationships and a VERY lucrative career in sales.  In my fifteen years as an entrepreneur, I have done some pretty amazing things with VERY LITTLE.

And that, my friend, has been the gift.  Because it’s been in the “little,” that I discovered the vast amount of value I was able to provide to the world.

The good news is success is A LOT CLOSER than you may think!

You see, I made it a mission to MASTER communicating with my prospects, clients, and large companies from a place of value.

Value THEY understand.

When you understand what you’re able to do BEST in the world, and apply those natural talents to solving your prospects BIGGEST problems…

…Then you CAN’T stop the money from coming in.

BUT when you learn to COMMUNICATE the outcomes your prospects are looking for instead of what it is you DO for them…

…Well, that’s when you’re providing DUMP TRUCK loads of VALUE and your sales SKYROCKET.

If you’re tired of struggling with increasing your monthly sales this is the time to turn it around, it’s time to MASTER communicating from a place of VALUE…

You don’t have to do it alone!

Download my Values Based Selling System Cheat Sheet by A.M. Williams below to start turning your struggles into sales today.

Inside my complimentary cheat sheet, you’ll discover 3 steps to increasing your sales with integrity and ease.

Add in my Value Based Selling System to what you’ve already got or are already doing and it’s not unusual for my clients to see $30k in sales in 90 days of time…without adding complexity, frustration, or anxiety. Heck, you don’t even need legs to do it!

Value Based Selling Blog Click HereAbout the Author:

Coach A.M. Williams specializes in helping top-tier business leaders, self-employed business owners, and sales people maximize their value to overcome sales challenges and significantly improve their sales.  Having been diagnosed incomplete paraplegic in 2000, A.M. has discovered the gift of challenges, and has been relentless at fulfilling his unlimited potential in business and in life by mastering the art of communicating value.  Today, as a Value Communications expert, Coach A.M. trains, coaches, and mentors top-tier business leaders and sales teams within the competencies and benefits of value-based selling, value-based leadership, and value-based self- image.

6 Books to Help Explode Your Business in 2016

6 books for 2016

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… a better you makes for a better business.  I’m a firm believer that personal growth is the first step toward business growth.  In fact, I will go so far as to say if your business is stagnant, hit a plateau, stuck in the same place it was 6, 12, 18 months  ago – I guarantee you – the leader of the organization – has stopped intentionally growing you. PERIOD.

If you want to ensure your business continues to grow, you need to intentionally be growing you both personally and professionally.

To help you kick off 2016 with a bang, here’s my list of the top 6 books to grow your business and yourself!

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

Want to know what it takes to be a true leader?  Simon Sinek can help with that.  He says all the great ones had one thing in common, they asked why.  The premise of this book is that if you define “your why” then you can share that why to inspire and lead others.  Your why must be strong enough to propel you and keep you motivated through the challenges that will arise – and challenges will arise in and out of the office.

If you’ve ever struggled with the why of all that you do Sinek can help you discover the answer.  This book is a definite game-changer.

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell

This is actually John’s 3rd book in the Laws series (following the 2-million seller The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and the million seller The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork).  In this book he shares everything he has learned about developing yourself so that you have the best chance of becoming the person you were created to be.

This is a book I literally have delivered to the doorstep of each and every client I work one-on-one with.  Why do I start with this one?  Because I believe if you create a foundation of leading yourself to the best of your abilities first, leading others and creating an environment for incredible teamwork, become a more natural next step (or rather next layer to your foundation).

Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

A true classic when it comes to self-help books.  It was first published in 1937 at the height of the Great Depression.  All these decades later and Hill’s book is still one of the bestselling books of all time.  The author studied 40 millionaires, trying to learn the ins and outs, whys and hows of their successes.  The heart of his book revolves around 13 principles of personal achievement.  And while it’s nearly 80-years-old, Think and Grow Rich is still extremely relevant.

Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion  by Gary Vaynerchuk

Inspirational and autobiographical.  Vaynerchuk will teach you how to brand yourself no matter what your passion is, create great content, how to distribute the content and succeed overall in this digital age.

Feeling overwhelmed with all the social media channels out there and how to use them advantageously in your business?  Then get your hands on this book, it’s a must-read.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change  by Stephen R. Covey

This book takes a good hard look at the true importance of character and ethics.  Covey believes in order to have success a person must be willing to align one’s life with certain core universal principles.

One of his most influential principles is that concerning time management.  He wrote, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”   Who couldn’t use a lesson in better time management?!

And after all, if you are not leading YOUR priorities, have no doubt that you will be led by someone’s priorities.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

From the grandfather of self-improvement.  Carnegie’s classic book was first published in 1936 and much like Napolean Hill’s remains a best-seller today.  The main gist of Carnegie’s idea is that “the person who has technical knowledge plus the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people — that person is headed for higher earning power.”

When asked about his philosophy, Carnegie said, “The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus.”

There you have it, some of the must-reads for 2016.  I promise you these books will have you feeling more inspired, motivated and excited about your business.

What are some of your favorite books that have helped to shape your business?

To Your Continued and Ever-Growing Success, Dana

PS – If you are truly READY and WILLING to make 2016 your best year yet by maximizing your work hours so you can truly maximize your enjoyment in and out of the office, apply for a COMPLIMENTARY strategy session with me today!


Why Giving Back is Crucial to Your Business

giving backIt’s the season of giving that’s for sure.  And while it may seem overwhelming by the sheer number of donations you’re asked for, the act of giving back is key to growing a successful business.

Why’s that you may be asking?  Well here are three reasons how giving back is crucial for any business, large or small.

1. Networking in the Community

Having some sort of philanthropy program or effort gets your name out into the community.  You won’t simply be associated with your business, your peers will have respect for you as a productive and helpful member of the local community too.

Organizing small volunteer events will put your business in front of hundreds, if not thousands, of positive people (and potential customers or clients).  In fact, these types of events can often times be more beneficial and (cost-effective) than traditional marketing.

2. Build Stronger Relationships

In this digital age of Facebook posts, Tweets, and Periscoping, charitable giving helps to round out your customer engagement efforts.  It humanizes your business, and allows you to connect on a deeper, more emotional level with people.  And, we all know people buy from those they know, like and trust.

If there is a particular cause or organization that aligns with your beliefs and company core values, develop a partnership with those.  It helps emphasize what your brand is all about.  These connections also help lead to positive relations with community leaders and influencers.

Internally you’ll see a development of camaraderie within your company.  Team members involved with volunteering tend to build stronger relationships.

3. Increase Productivity

Did you know people who give back and volunteer are generally happier and healthier?  It’s true!  What does this mean for your business?  It correlates to fewer sick days and increased productivity.

Large budgets are not necessary for starting a philanthropic or volunteer program within your company.  A little ingenuity and creativity are all it takes to kickstart a wonderful act of charity.

As a side note, some of you know that prior to launching my own business, I spent about 15 years as a fundraising consultant to 501(c)3/ non-profit organizations across the country and in London.  Supporting incredible missions and organizations is part of my DNA and has been a big part of my life since I was a senior in college.

If you need a little inspiration or want to brainstorm potential fits for you, let’s hop on a complimentary Strategy Call today!

In the meantime, what do you and your business do to give back to the community?  I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.

To Your Continued and Ever-Growing Success, Dana


Adding Joy to Your Life When Feeling Down

ABC Method

The holidays bring about many different feelings and emotions.

For some, this is a season filled with joy and happiness, for others though it can be a difficult, lonely time of year.

If you find yourself feeling down or, for lack of a better word, blah, think of my simple ABC method.

  1. Accomplishments
  2. Blessings
  3. Catalysts

It works like this, you make three lists.  One labeled Accomplishments, the second Blessings, and third, Catalysts.

Next I want you to write down any accomplishments you achieved recently.  This could be anything from increasing your revenue to a simple thing like perfecting your apple pie recipe or perhaps you’ve increased your fitness level.  These past “woo hoo moments” are a wonderful way to remind yourself of the joy and success you’ve experienced through hard work.

The Blessings list pays homage to what you are currently thankful and grateful for.  Were you able to provide a wonderful Thanksgiving meal for your family?  Are your children happy and healthy?  Did you get to spend time with an old friend?  Do you have a great group of team members that help support your business?  All of those go on your list.

My favorite part of this exercise is the C list.  First, what a cool word, “Catalyst.”  It means “something that incites activity.”  That’s exactly what we’re going for to help jump start you and get you out of any rut you may be in!  What are you looking forward to or are excited about?  For me, I would list things like: Helping more business owners grow and accomplish their goals by creating a life and business they truly enjoy, Continue on my journey of improved health by working out 5 days a week and on a daily basis to practice being “in the moment”, especially when sharing time with my little man, DJ.

After completing this exercise, I promise you will be re-energized and ready to take on the world.  So when in doubt remember your ABCs… Accomplishments, Blessings, and Catalysts.

If you feel so inclined please share your ABC list with us in the comments below!

To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success, Dana

PS – If you are READY and WILLING to create a plan for 2016 that is filled with new accomplishments and reasons to celebrate, contact me today by clicking here for your Complimentary Strategy Call before the year ends – let’s get you on the right track BEFORE the new year starts!

Client Spotlight: Michael Ortiz

Client Spotlight Ortiz

This month marks many milestones for businesses.  It’s the end of another year, the time to start making resolutions and goals for 2016 and a time of reflection.

This week, I am choosing to reflect upon one of my clients whom I’m so very proud of, Michael Ortiz owner of Massage Customs.

Michael and I began working together in January and from the very beginning there was no doubt in my mind he was destined to do great things.  He’s not only the owner of Massage Customs who oversees 5 employees, he’s also a very talented massage therapist.

Over the past 12 months, he has worked tirelessly to reach and then surpass his business goals.  I’m so impressed by all of his successes and I’m excited to share his story with all of you.

Massage Customs is nearly 3 years old, why did you decide this year to hire a business coach?

“I always knew I wanted to work for myself and that when I did I would need a business coach.  I met a few and just never clicked with them.  Then I met Dana and knew she was the coach for me.”

How has working with Dana changed the way you run your business?

“She has kept me on track with my goals and holds me accountable.  We strategize on ways to increase my revenues and she puts me in contact with the right people.  I’m not the most organized or detail-oriented person, but she is.  She also highlights my areas of weakness and opportunity so I know exactly where to focus efforts.”

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned or taken away over this past year?

“The importance of systems, processes and operations in general.  She helped change the way we do things, making us more efficient.  Before I was just winging it, and now I’m more focused.  If I hadn’t found Dana I would probably be half as productive as I am now.  There’s something about that weekly phone call with Dana that puts a fire under your butt to get things done.”

“Self-improvement is big too.  Dana talks a lot about that and I think reading a lot has helped me get where I am today.  I want to make myself a better leader so I can take my business to the next level.  Having a family really takes that mindset to the next level, it’s not just my success, it’s about the survival of my family.”

Did you achieve your goals for this year?  What is in store for Massage Customs in 2016?

“We are so close right now.  I made some pretty big goals, but that’s what I do.  Whenever I reach a goal I always think I should’ve made it bigger and better.  There is always room for improvement.  Next year I’ve got some huge goals.  To get there, I’m going to have to push myself and work harder than ever.  I know it’s possible though because we’re more capable than ever.”

What makes Massage Customs different?

“I believe pain is a symptom of not taking care of yourself.  People tend to put everyone else first and themselves last.  I want to show people that when they put themselves first (even if just for an hour) they can improve every other aspect of their life.  I and the 4 other massage therapists listen to our clients very well.  If they want their neck worked on, then that’s what we do.  Every client has different needs.”

The Holidays are upon us so what sort of specials do you have going on?

“Our 12 Deals of Christmas starts December 12th.  Each day we’ll have a new deal posted on our Facebook page.  We have some advanced services too that everyone can check out like Thai Massage,  Active Release Technique and we even have therapists licensed in Cranial Sacral Therapy.”

Be sure to check out Massage Customs and take some time to put yourself first.  Massage, after all, is considered self-improvement!

To Your Continued and Ever-Growing Success,


P.S.  For a taste of what I can help your business accomplish in 2016 join me on a complimentary Strategy Call.  Who knows, maybe it will be your story I’m highlighting this time next year!

How to Cultivate Genuine Gratitude & Appreciation

how to show gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!  The busy holiday season officially begins tomorrow, when we sit down to feast on turkey, mashed potatoes, Grandma’s famous stuffing infused with apples, pumpkin pie and most importantly, enjoy the company of loved ones.

It’s also a day we’re all expected to declare what we’re thankful for.  Something quite honestly I believe we should be doing every single day.  And you know what, there is evidence proving this!

Harvard Medical School study shows there is a strong relationship between gratitude and work performance.

“Managers who remember to say “thank you” to people who work for them may find that those employees feel motivated to work harder.”

I’ve blogged about this before, how showing your appreciation can encourage clients, employees and team members to amp up their efforts.  Making people feel valued and recognizing them for their dedication makes them happy.  And happy people tend to be more productive.

Now for some how-to instructions.  Here are four simple ways you can genuinely cultivate  gratitude and appreciation throughout the year, not just during the holidays:

1. Write Thank You Notes

I’ve touched upon this before and it definitely bears repeating. I believe if everyone wrote good old fashioned hand-written thank-you cards the world would be a better place. Get yourself some nice stationary or monogrammed note cards and start writing.  Make it a habit to write one thank-you card a week. And every once in a while make the recipient yourself!

2.  Pause & Reflect

Many people find peace through “pausing and reflecting” or as some refer to it as meditating and praying.  Focus on the present and live in the moment.  Don’t judge yourself or others for a current situation, just be.  In time, you’ll see yourself able to find immense beauty in your surroundings when meditating.  Gratitude takes on a whole new meaning when you’re at peace and able to focus on the waves rolling in (for those near a beach) chirping birds, a gentle breeze, or the warmth of a setting sun.

3. Create a Culture of Gratitude

In your business have appreciation for your customers and your employees.  Several times a year host a party or get together that includes their families.  By creating this culture of gratitude in your organization, everyone benefits year round.

“Cultivating a culture of gratitude might be the best way to help a workplace prepare for stresses that come with change, conflict, and failure. Making gratitude a policy and a practice ‘builds up a sort of psychological immune system that can cushion us when we fall.  There is scientific evidence that grateful people are more resilient to stress, whether minor everyday hassles or major personal upheavals.” ~Psychologist Robert Emmons

4.  Keep a Gratitude & Celebration Journal

This is one of my favorites, the Gratitude and Celebration Journal.  Before going to bed each night, write down a few thoughts about your day.  What made you smile?  What obstacle did you overcome?  What vision did you create? The act of writing it down keeps it in the front of your mind.  Then at the end of the year it’s a wonderful thing to read through and remind you of what you were truly grateful for and all that you created in the process.

To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success,


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