Always Say Thank You

Colleen Kelly Alexander’s book Gratitude in Motion is less about running and more about serious determination, optimism and gratitude. I think if you write down your daily professional or personal “problems” they pale to what Mrs. Alexander experienced. She survived five weeks in a coma, 70 blood transfusions and 29 surgeries after being run over by a Freightliner truck, dragging her across the pavement. Oh yeah, she also “died” twice, but came back.

After the horrific accident, she “ran” a half marathon with a colostomy bag and a walker. She has also since run triathlons and half Ironmans. With sheer determination, she has moved past her PTSD and trauma. She also gives back as a spokeswoman for the Red Cross and is a motivational speaker. I think the key to Colleen’s attitude is to make something positive from her pain. 

When you enter into a race it’s like life, it has a start and finite finish line. We might take various paths to get there, but all of us have crossed life’s starting line and are metaphorically running, hopefully optimistically forward. We can view our day-to-day stuff as arduous, difficult and annoying…or choose not to. If you add a gratitude lens to your appraiser brain, you might realize that spending time and money investing in productivity software will result in a huge increase in happiness and revenue.

Gratitude can be productive for your business.  It facilitates looking beyond setbacks to quickly get you back on track moving forward in a productive direction. Your employees will notice your “keep on running” attitude, working hard to propel your business forward. I think these folks get the concept of gratitude that might result in innovation, efficiencies and a noticeable increase in ROI.

  • “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” Anthony Robbins
  • “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” John F. Kennedy
  • “Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.” John Ortberg
  • “If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.” Steve Maraboli
  • “Every once in a while God allows you to stub your toe as a kind reminder to be grateful for the miraculous body attached to it.” Richelle E. Goodrich

If you’re a staff appraiser or support employee be thankful for your employer, as their business provides for you. If you’re the employer, be thankful for your employees that provide the engine to your business. Both should be thankful to their clients that make everything possible. As such, your clients should receive excellent customer service and quality appraisal reports, always handled in a professional and ethical manner. It’s highly unlikely that your employees want to tattoo your company logo on their body. But they might if you provide a fun productive atmosphere, goal setting with rewards, pathways to learning new things and technology to expedite appraisal production.

If you live on the eastern part of the globe near the coordinates of 28.6139° N, 77.2090° E; you might already know that it’s a good idea to interrupt anxiety with gratitude. Jamaican Zen master Mooji suggests that we have the mantra, “Just keep saying thank you. Don’t explain. Don’t complain. Just say thank you. Say thank you to existence.”