Create a Culture of Gratitude
No matter what your goal in life, whether you want to lead a team, a corporation, a family, a congregation or simply be a good friend, gratitude is the single most powerful tool that will help you achieve your goals! I do consider gratitude a tool since it something one can learn how to use.
Cultivating gratitude in your life on a daily basis will flow into the lives of those with whom you associate. If you are the leader of an organization, your gratitude will be felt from the top down. It will permeate the very atmosphere of your being.
I recently read an article at businessinsider.com that cited an anecdote about the former CEO of Campbell Soup, Doug Conant, who throughout his tenure at the company sent over 30,000 handwritten thank you notes to staffers and clients. According to the article when Conant took the reins of the company “the stock price was falling and it was the worst performer of all the major food companies in the world.” However, according to the article, “By 2009, the company was ahead of the S&P Food Group and the S&P 500.”
I have found that one of the simplest ways to cultivate gratitude in your life every day is to jot down 5 or 10 things that you appreciate. It could be a person, a situation, an object, a personality trait – anything. This is a wonderful way to begin and/or end each day. You might also begin to express your gratitude to those around you on a regular basis. You can send notes, handwritten or email, or simply say “thank you.” Before you know it, everyone in your environment will be reflecting that gratitude back to you.