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

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How to Cultivate Genuine Gratitude & Appreciation

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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,

Dana

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5 Ways Gratitude Can Increase Your Business

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We’re coming up on the busiest time of year… between holiday shopping and tying up end-of-year business, all of our plates are full.

I want to take this time however to remind you to stop and give thanks.  Not just in the traditional sense, rather to really sit down and take a moment to think about all of those who have made 2015 what it is for you.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward

There’s no better time than the season of giving to do this since it’s at the top of most people’s minds.  Plus, having an attitude of gratitude is good for the soul, as well as your business.

By now you know my motto:  Serve More. Earn More. Enjoy More!, and gratitude can help you better achieve all three of those things!  Here are five ways your  business can grow by simply showing a little thankfulness.

1. Personal Appreciation

A small handwritten thank you note can go a long way.  In this day of “shoot from the hip” text messages or emails, a personalized piece of snail mail is such a nice touch.  I’m sure you could even name the last person who sent you a written card/note.  Throw in a gift card or coupon for your services and you’re doing even better!

It leaves a wonderful lasting impression of thoughtfulness and creates loyalty.  The cost of stationary and stamps will prove to be minuscule when you see an increase in your profits and repeat business from satisfied customers/clients.

2. Bookend Your Thanks

This is a wonderful habit to get into.  Start and end each conversation, meeting, event by showing your gratitude.  Thank the person or group for their time, expertise, purchase (whatever the case may be) and end with another round of thanks.

This even goes for complaints, acknowledge them and thank the person for bringing the particular issue to your attention so that you have the opportunity to prevent it from happening again in the future.  Turn a negative into a positive with your gratitude; in the end this could prevent you from having larger problems and shows the person your true professionalism.

“Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle.  The more you use it, the stronger it grows and the more power you have to use it on your behalf.  If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished.  To be grateful is to find blessings in everything.  This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.” ~Alan Cohen

3. Pay It Forward

Be the conductor of the good karma train by showing your appreciation and others will follow suit.  I absolutely love the “Pay it Forward” mentality, and only wish more people adopted this thinking.

When others see your gratitude, compassion, humility, and expression of thanks, they will be inspired to do the same.  Then you’ll be top of mind to them, and when they (or someone they know) are in need of your products/services who are they going to call?  The conductor of that feel good karma train, YOU, that’s who!

4. Walk the Talk

Show your true leadership skills by giving thanks to those who help you on a daily basis, your team members, friends, family, clients and fellow colleagues.  By encouraging them and showing your humble gratitude for all they do, you’ll see an increase in performance and loyalty (retention).

Because, who doesn’t want to work for and with someone who is thankful and happy with their work?!  This will in turn inspire them to do number four on our list… pay it forward.

5. Live with Intention

This is something I write about a lot on my blog and that’s because of its overall importance in your personal and business life.  Living with intention is essentially a lifestyle of gratefulness, being of service and focus.

If you concentrate on the things you do not have, than how can you expect to attract the things you want?  Be happy and thankful for what you have and you’ll be living a happier more fulfilled life.  And when you’re happier you are able to connect better with others and create lasting relationships, both personally and in business.

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions.  The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” ~Zig Ziglar

What are you thankful for in your business?  Shout it out in the comments below.

To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success,

Dana

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