Take a moment today to write a Thank-Me note, a conscious expression of gratitude toward yourself.
—Calm App Reflection
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As a business professional for over 40 years, I’ve come to learn the value of a courteous “Thank You.”
I fully support the idea that we work best with people we know, like, and trust. If your upbringing was like mine, your parents and others strongly encouraged — and most likely exemplified — this grateful gesture throughout their days.
We were always taught to focus on others and not ourselves, and most people learned to place their gratuitous efforts elsewhere.
When we experiment with this idea and flip it around to thank ourselves it feels awkward and a bit narcissistic.
If we ask ourselves objectively who did the work and took the necessary actions to get where we are, we can justifiably pat ourselves on the back and truly appreciate our disciplined efforts.
Take out a piece of paper and write a Thank Me note to yourself.
Begin by listing the things you do each day without thinking that serve you in being your best. If you are willing, send a copy of your letter to email@example.com
“At the end of our lives we will all ask, ‘Did I Live? Did I Love? Did I Matter?’”
—Brendon Burchard, American Motivational Author
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Don’t wait a second more!
Ask these questions immediately. Don’t stop asking them until you discover the answer and do something about it, if your answer is not to your liking.
Take some time to deeply explore what it truly means to live, to love, and to matter.
Consider taking a look at the people you respect and admire, who could set an example for you to follow. Start spending more time with these people and let their expansive efforts, living, and loving soak right into your bones.
As you continue to live more fully a life with no regrets, how can you help others you care deeply about do the same?
“Roll out the red carpet for each new day before you take your first step. Today you write your own script, tailor-made for yourself.”
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I met Laurent Carrel and learned about his book, Messages from Melanie, at a recent coaching conference. The book contains messages from his daughter who passed away 35 years ago, but has shared wisdom with her father in his sleep, every night since 2007.
When I think of “rolling out the red carpet,” I think of the rare occasions of great honor it offers to dignitaries, royalty, and people of great character.
What if we chose to see each day in our own lives as so miraculous and special that we rolled out the red carpet for ourselves before our feet touched the ground in the morning?
What would be the result of rolling out the red carpet for yourself and others in your world? How would the acknowledgement and appreciation of each new day improve your life?