It’s November. Which is National Gratitude Month in the United States.
And a perfect time to share a few thoughts about the power of gratitude. Specifically, how a grateful heart can help you find new leads and grow your business.
Let’s talk about why gratitude is such a life-changing emotion. An article from Psychology Today said: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201504/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude
#1: For starters, gratitude improves your physical health.
Your physical health helps you prospect, network and connect. When you are down and out, you don’t want to connect with anyone. You want to stay in bed and sleep. When your body is in pain you don’t feel like want to do your job, you are physically limited and ultimately unable to do your job regardless of desire to get your tasks done.
While some ailments cannot be prevented, most can! Show your body some gratitude by getting regular check-ups with your physician. Make sure you are taking your daily vitamins and getting a daily 30 minute workout in.
#2. The second benefit of gratitude is that it improves your psychological health.
Be grateful for family games and walks in the sunshine. What are you doing to feed your brain? Are you running, eating well, taking time out from social media and work so you can connect with real people? Business owners tend to wear a lot of hats. If you are so enveloped in your business so much that you cannot find balance, it is time to put fun on your schedule! Play a game with your family or put your running shoes on and go for a walk.
#3. Third, gratitude increases your mental strength.
Having a Grateful Mindset is literally EVERYTHING! If you focus on the HAVE NOT mentality you are never going to find gratitude for what you HAVE!
Fortitude and the power to press on cannot exist if you are unable to have a positive mental strength. Being a business owner is not for the WEAK! You cannot have a give-up mentality because it will literally cost you your 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
#4. Fourth, grateful people sleep better.
#TRUTH When you focus on the things that are good in your life, you will find more things to be grateful for. If you are chasing the things that are going wrong, the bills that you still have to pay, or the person that didn’t give you KUDOS or credit for you last project, you will never sleep. Worry will begin to fester and you will start sleeping less and less because it will consume you.
Gratitude means being grateful for your bedtime routine routine. Set a time to go to bed and stick to it. Do a screen-time fast and get lost in a physical book that you have always wanted to read but has been collecting dust. Get in the daily habit of bath, book, bed.
#5. And finally, gratitude improves your self-esteem.
When is the last time you gave yourself a compliment? Do you find yourself putting yourself down? You can’t love others if you can’t love yourself. Clients pick up on low self-esteem. It is not an attractive quality. Be grateful every day for all of your small accomplishments.
Developing Gratitude Skills Will Help Grow Your Business:
So how does one develop gratitude skills? Because so many of us are busy, and tired, and frustrated. And being grateful doesn’t come as naturally as most of us would like.
- Keep a Journal
- Spend Time With Loved Ones
- Tell people You Appreciate Them
- Laugh more…especially at the little things
- Start your day with inspirational stories and quotes
- Eat foods that will keep your mind and body healthy
- Take time to feed the ducks…(Promise…it helps)
- Bake someone a treat…(if you are bringing me something I love cherry pie or cheesecake) wink wink
For some, gratitude does not come naturally, but with practice, it will change your life and your business!!!
The bottom line, gratitude works wonders.
And November is a great month to embrace your gratitude skills. And to develop an attitude of more gratitude.