From the moment I could write, my parents insisted that I send thank you notes whenever I received gifts. I learned that it was a way of showing gratitude and acknowledging that person’s thoughtfulness. I also learned to say thank you whenever someone commented or acknowledged what I had done well.
At the time, I didn’t realize how this lesson would prepare me later in life to grow my business. What I learned is that thanking someone completes the cycle of receptivity, that is, the state of willingness or readiness to receive.
When it comes to expressing gratitude, it is important to let the giver know that you appreciated the gift. When you shy away from a compliment or don’t thank the giver, it stops this cycle.
Gratitude is also that stepping stone toward manifesting more of what you intend to draw into your life. So many times I hear from entrepreneurs how they want to grow their business. They look at every external strategy.
Yet, one of the first steps in manifesting more comes in Mastering your Inner Self first. If you’re not truly thankful for even the smallest gift or incremental change in your business, how can you be ready to receive more?
Over the years, I’ve found that the more I created an ongoing gratitude mindset system, positive results occurred much quicker. You might keep a gratitude journal, use moments of prayer, or list all of those things you are thankful for each night before your day ends.
It is when your gratitude mindset system is integrated and consistent that you begin creating a cycle that influences your focus, motivation, and results you intend to attract. Thankfulness immerses one in the goodness of what is and in what is coming.
The next time someone sends you a referral, drop a handwritten thank you note to them. You’ll probably be one of the few who actually does. Send thank you notes to people you meet at networking, when you receive referrals, or to someone who sprang for lunch. You might just get a phone call or email thanking you for the thank you note or a referral in return!
See what happens when you’re grateful. What you are grateful for?