by Dana Earhart-Litif
5 Ways Gratitude Can Increase Your Business
We’re coming out of one of the busiest time of year… between holiday shopping and tying up end-of-year business, all of our plates were overflowing.
I want to take this time however to remind you to stop and really give thanks. Not just in the traditional sense, rather to really sit down and take a moment to think about all of those who have made 2015 what it was for you. And think about what from 2015 you want to bring with you into 2016 and what would be better left in 2015.
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
~ William Arthur Ward
There’s no better time than January to do this since it’s at the top of most people’s minds. Plus, having an attitude of gratitude is good for the soul, as well as your business.
My personal business motto is: Serve More. Earn More. Enjoy More!, and gratitude can help you better achieve all three of these things! Here are five ways your business can grow by simply showing a little appreciation.
1. Personal Appreciation
A small handwritten thank you note can go a long way. In this day of “shoot from the hip” text messages or emails, a personalized piece of snail mail is such a nice touch. I’m sure you could even name the last person who sent you a written card/note. Throw in a gift card or coupon for your services and you’re doing even better!
It leaves a wonderful lasting impression of thoughtfulness and creates loyalty. The cost of stationary and stamps will prove to be minuscule when you see an increase in your profits and repeat business from satisfied customers/clients.
2. Bookend Your Thanks
This is a wonderful habit to get into. Start and end each conversation, meeting, event by showing your gratitude. Thank the person or group for their time, expertise, purchase (whatever the case may be) and end with another round of thanks.
This even goes for complaints, acknowledge them and thank the person for bringing the particular issue to your attention so that you have the opportunity to prevent it from happening again in the future. Turn a negative into a positive with your gratitude; in the end this could prevent you from having larger problems and shows the person your true professionalism.
“Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything. This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.” ~Alan Cohen
3. Pay It Forward
Be the conductor of the good karma train by showing your appreciation and others will follow suit. I absolutely love the “Pay it Forward” mentality, and only wish more people adopted this thinking.
When others see your gratitude, compassion, humility, and expression of thanks, they will be inspired to do the same. Then you’ll be top of mind to them, and when they (or someone they know) are in need of your products/services who are they going to call? The conductor of that feel good karma train, YOU, that’s who!
4. Walk the Talk
Show your true leadership skills by giving thanks to those who help you on a daily basis, your team members, friends, family, clients and fellow colleagues. By encouraging them and showing your humble gratitude for all they do, you’ll see an increase in performance and loyalty (retention).
Because, who doesn’t want to work for and with someone who is thankful and happy with their work?! This will in turn inspire them to do number four on our list… pay it forward.
5. Live with Intention
This is something I write about a lot on my blog and that’s because of its overall importance in your personal and business life. Living with intention is essentially a lifestyle of gratefulness, being of service and focus.
If you concentrate on the things you do not have, than how can you expect to attract the things you want? Be happy and thankful for what you have and you’ll be living a happier more fulfilled life. And when you’re happier you are able to connect better with others and create lasting relationships, both personally and in 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
What are you thankful for in your business?
To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success, Dana
Byline: Dana Earhart Litif, Founder and CEO of Dana Earhart Litif: Successful Results Consulting. We work with small business owners helping them double or triple their revenue with the right systems, structure and strategy. You can email me directly at: Dana@DanaEarhartLitif.com or reach me by phone at: 702.813.3507.