A week ago, in honor of Women’s Day, I posted a picture of our creative director because I wanted to show how much I appreciate her commitment to Breaking Boundaries. Because of all the appreciation going around, I got to thinking how I can effectively demonstrate gratitude to those around me. I didn’t want to be one of those people who forget those who have helped them along the way.
“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Sir Isaac Newton
As much as some of us might want to take full credit for where we are in life and what we have accomplished, we know we didn’t do it on our own. There have been those who offered help just at the right time even when you didn’t ask or were just too prideful to ask. Those you just happened to meet and they turned out to be instrumental in guiding you towards the right path. Some you might have seen just a few times fleetingly but their words and impact last to this day while others have become a huge part of your everyday life.
Ways To Demonstrate Gratitude
Valuing someone too lightly is a risk no one should take. Those who have helped you along the way should feel appreciated. I mean, you’re under no obligation to demonstrate gratitude, but it’s just a nice thing to do. Feeling unappreciated and undervalued are just really terrible feelings. So, here are some ways I’ve shown my gratefulness to people who have been there for me at just the right moment:
Tell them you appreciate them.
I’ve gotten into this habit of telling people around me that I appreciate them. Sometimes you don’t have to do anything huge for them so they can feel or see your appreciation. A simple sentence would do. People want to know they’re being noticed and that their good deeds aren’t being taken for granted.
Mention them on social media.
This has happened to me multiple times and it always makes me feel great. The best part is when the recipient doesn’t know you actually value them enough to take your time and shout them out. It’s always a pleasant surprise when friends and other entrepreneurs let me know that I’ve helped in some way.
Go old school with a note.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. I usually do this for clients. Whenever I get sales, I send a thank you card with a personalized note written in it. It’s a great way to demonstrate your gratitude for their business. They have other options, I’m sure, but they chose you. That’s always a good reason to show how thankful you are for that decision.
Do something for them in return.
Anticipate what their needs might be and be the one to help them out with it. How do I go about anticipating what people need or want? I listen. I keep tabs on what people say so I can be of value to them as well. Then, I demonstrate my gratitude by being a step ahead of what they might need help with and helping them.
Spend time with them.
If you’re always on the go, this is the best way to show your gratitude especially to your loved ones. Go for a nice, long walk, take them out to eat, go for some coffee and dessert–the ideas are endless! The ideal setting would be where you can pay attention to one another without distraction. That way, you can communicate and show them how thankful you are.
Beware of the rushed “thanks!” and they never hear from you again. Keep it genuine and say a heartfelt “thank you.” Sometimes, it’s just as simple as that.
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