Once again, the holidays are upon us. The air is filling with excitement, businesses are scurrying toward year-end, and with everything whirling around us, there is much on our mind. But let’s not get distracted from what is important as we push toward a strong finish to the year and make plans for the new opportunities ahead. Entrepreneurs need to take time and reflect on the significance of gratitude. We give every day as we strive with great effort to meet our goals and (if we are wise) to help others achieve theirs as well.
As we evaluate our resources and focus our energy to drive to new levels of success, consider this: a thankful mindset is a most powerful asset that can permeate every aspect of our personal and professional lives. I have never seen the act of appreciation fail to enhance our abilities and warm our hearts, allowing us to be more effective in all we do. Showing gratitude to others (clients, employees, friends, family) does not go unnoticed and usually receives a positive reception.
Yes, the American Thanksgiving holiday (made official by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863) is important to many. It is a business milestone especially for retailers as they head into the Christmas season. But giving thanks is so much more than that. Thanks should be a natural expression for any business owner who has found even the least amount of success. Generosity is in the heart of most entrepreneurs, as they give and give to serve others in many ways. Thanksgiving is a beneficial concept. Whether we do it in the context of an annual holiday or (better yet) we have a thankful mindset every day, most people would agree thanks and giving are of universal benefit recognized by all.
Why give thanks? Thankfulness affords us the opportunity to step out of the pressures of the moment, even at the most challenging times. We can better evaluate our relationships and reflect on all we have to be thankful for, which can lead to an enhanced perspective on our business and our life. When we count our blessings, it releases positive energy in us that can strengthen our resolve and even clear our minds while promoting productive thoughts.
Who among us couldn’t use more kindness and appreciation? What can you do this year to let clients, employees, friends and family know just how much they mean to you? After all, most entrepreneurs know they are not in it alone. Support from our personal relations and a solid team effort at work are key to a healthy mind, long-term stability and profitability.
“Gratitude can change common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into real blessings.” – William Arthur Ward
Wishing you a happy, healthy and blessed Thanksgiving! Thanks for reading “Business Matters” and for your many encouraging comments over the years.