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Part I: The Simple Magic of Appreciation
It’s my semiannual tradition to set aside time to contemplate the past six months. I look back on my decisions and the people who influenced them. Then I write each person a note thanking them for the difference they made in my life, sharing as much detail as possible about the decision and their influence. Occasionally I get a thank you in response, but that’s not why I do it. Expressing my thanks is good for me. A study published by Psychotherapy Research reported that gratitude-writing participants “reported significantly better mental health” than other participants in the study.
Part II: Recharge Your Leadership with Gratitude
Not long ago, I received an unexpected note: “Ron, in 1983 you gave me a tank of gas that allowed me to get home to northwest Missouri. That tank of gas was a turning point in my life. I will never forget it.” I remembered its writer, Randy. He was in a band with some friends of mine, but, to be honest, I don’t remember that tank of gas. But the cost to me was inconsequential compared to the value of that note. On the tough days, when I’m feeling down, overwhelmed, underappreciated, or just off my game, I pull out Randy’s note and others like it from my team to remind me of my “why” and recharge my leadership.
Many professionals grow exhausted and disenchanted from chasing business gurus and quick-fix formulas. Rather than becoming knock-offs, we must learn to listen to the leadership lessons our lives have been trying to teach us. In “Uniquely You,” coming in May 2019, I will share my personal journey, and how it led me to lead uniquely, with you. Preorder your copy today!