Wow, another year’s Thanksgiving Day is upon us in the United States. Like many Americans, this is one of my favorite holidays on the calendar. It is a great time to get together with friends and family, show our appreciation, and express our gratitude for what we have.
Intuitively, we all understand the importance that gratitude has on our emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being. Whether its family, friends, or community, we can always find something positive in our personal lives. Yet, many of us keep our personal lives separate from our business and professional lives. Just think how we might be able to transform our organizations, our markets, those we lead, and those we serve if we integrate an attitude of gratititude into our business culture .
In keeping with the holiday tradition, I’d like to express my gratitude for the following people and organizations that have impacted me and my business over the last year:
- Clients & Prospects: The number one purpose of any business owner, executive, manager, or employee is to get and keep customers. Without clients and prospects, we have no business. I am thankful for anyone who has let me serve them. However, it’s not just satisfied clients that I am grateful for having. It’s also those prospects or customers that expected more because they let me ask the important questions that lead to breakthroughs and transformations in my business.
- Competitors: Competition is a great thing. Why would anyone attempt to limit or squash it? Not only do competitors help validate that a market exists for my services, but my competitors force me to continuously find ways to add value to my customers and differentiate myself in the market.
- Trade Associations & Analysts– These organizations help me stay in touch with the pulse of the industry. I am involved in several trade associations and grateful to serve on the board of one. The networking, exchange of ideas, and conference & events offered through these organizations allow me to remain current with the critical issues and trends important to my customers and market at large.
- Business Partners: I am thankful to my business partners who work collaboratively with me, provide me with suggestions on how to grow my business, and share a referral or two. I am also grateful that they have let me serve them in a similar capacity.
- Coaches, Advisers, and Mentors: These folks provide me with a competitive edge. They hold me accountable, help sharpen my skills, remind me of my strengths, and share in my success. I am truly grateful for these individuals. Do you have anyone like that in your network?
- Technology platforms vendors: I am very grateful for the Cloud and Mobility platform vendors with whom I work. They have provided me with access to new applications that enable me to better serve the market, expand my reach, and offer new innovative products and services.
- My Tribe: A special thanks to anyone who regularly follows me on social media, reads my blogs, submits a reply, shares a post, or favorites a Tweet. Thank you for being part of the conversation, sharing your wisdom, and getting my message out to others who you think can benefit.
Now it’s your turn. What are you grateful for in your professional life? Who or what are you thankful for you in your business? Take time out and reflect. It’s easy to become complacent as the year comes to end. Maintain your edge and achieve those stretch goals you’ve set for yourself through the power of gratitude!