Gratitude is a powerful tool for your life and your business. Showing others our appreciation is a skill that takes practice. I want to help you by showing you how to fill your Thank Tank. Your Thank Tank is where you will make a list of those who make a difference in business and life a priority. Let’s make it a showing our thanks a priority and when we do, our business, community, family, & world will be better for it.
What I do, where I live, who I married, where I go to church, and what I am passionate about right now is a sum of the people who invested in me before. I want to be sure I thank them & remind them that their investment mattered. They matter.
Coming from a place of gratitude really is the best way to live, serve, and interact with God, family, friends, and customers. It helps you see things in a positive way and be happier. Today, I want to help you make your list. Here are some questions to jog your memory and search for those people and experiences you are most grateful for. Set a goal for yourself to write at least one thank you note per week to someone in your Thank Tank. Keep adding to it each day and your Thank Tank will never run on empty.
Filling YOUR Thank Tank:
- How did you get your current job? Who helped you? What about for the other jobs you had leading up to your current one?
- Make a list of every teacher you can remember. Which ones stand out as really challenging you or appreciating a talent in you?
- What mentors have made a difference in your life?
- Who are people in your daily life that help you get it all done? Think mail carrier, hair stylist, tech support, Minister, bank teller, check out person at your local grocery store, your child’s teacher/ bus driver. Think of all you do during a day and all of the people who make your day run smoothly.
- People who put their lives on the line for you: Police, firefighters, your mother, etc.
- Family who have made sacrifices for you?
- People who helped you mature in your faith? Pastors, Sunday School Teachers, mentors, authors, singers/ songwriters.
- Neighbors past and present who positively impacted your life?
- Friends old and new?
- People who help support the people you love when you aren’t available or it isn’t geographically possible to do it yourself?
That should be enough to get you started. Need some ideas for expressing your gratitude?
Here are some ideas for showing gratitude:
- Handwritten thank you note
- Thank you emails to your list
- Thank you AutoResponders for all purchases with a discount for future use
- Thank you gift for referrals
- Facebook Posts & Tweets showing your appreciation to others
- Writing notes or making phone calls praising waiters, employees, etc for excellent service
- Blog posts of gratitude and recognition after an event
- Cookies or a meal prepared for someone
- Texts to family & friends with a quick “I appreciate all you do!”
- A card “for no reason” to remind them they are special to you
- A package full of small gifts like candy, note cards, etc. to celebrate an employee’s performance
Handwritten thank you notes are my favorite. If you want a refresher on what to include in a thank you note, check out my previous post How to Write a Thank You Note That Rocks. But it doesn’t matter so much how you choose to appreciate those in your Thank Tank. What matters is that you thank them. You never know how much your words or act of kindness will mean to another person. The ripple effects can’t be measured and showing your gratitude makes your family, business, school, church, and our world a better place to be.
I’d love for you to share someone in your Thank Tank? Or what is your favorite way to show gratitude?