Life is filled with ups and downs, and it’s likely that 2017 was filled with a great deal of both experiences for you.
As we prepare to head into 2018, many people are taking time to consider all the good things that happened to them this year.
It’s likely that they are taking a lot of the credit for those good things, and it’s even more likely that they are passing off some of the blame for the bad things that happened.
Instead of making a list of resolutions for the new year, why not take some time to think about how the good things came to be and who else had a role in helping you land that dream job, pay off debt, or start your business.
Human beings tend to hoard the glory and spread around the shit. This year, spread around the glory.
Be grateful to those who helped you get through 2017 unscathed, and be grateful to those who helped pick you up when you fell.
What’s the most important thing you need to do if you want to start 2018 off with a bang? End 2017 with thank you cards.
1) Consider What You Have Done Already
If someone did something nice for you, it’s likely that you sent them a text message or a short email expressing your gratitude. That’s great.
But, what if their input, opinion, impact, or act contributed to your life in a bigger way? Do you think that a text message is really enough?
With the holidays over and people packing away their decorations, wouldn’t it be nice to receive a note from a colleague or friend that outlines how that person has impacted your life?
Wouldn’t it be nice to tell someone how you feel? Think about how you can show this person you appreciate them.
2) Great, Now What?
Even if you had the worst year of your life, there are people who probably helped you through those tough times.
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Spend a few minutes and write down the names of 5 to 10 people who had a profound impact on your life this year.
Write down why their contributions or actions helped you. Even if you have already thanked them, think about the lasting impacts that have occurred as a result of that encounter, conversation, or action.
Get yourself a set of notecards and write a note to each person. Yes, a handwritten note. Don’t worry; writing is like riding a bike. Don’t write it on your computer. Take the time to craft a thank you note that shows you care.
Be specific about why you want to thank each person. People receive hundreds of emails a day – your electronic thank you will get lost in the shuffle and seem like part of your routine. Send a handwritten note and your gratitude will stand out.
3) Keep Sending Thank You Notes
If you want to continue to grow your circle of supporters, clients, friends, and strengthen these relationships, get in the habit of sending thank you notes on a regular basis. This might be done once a month or once a quarter.
While it’s great to spend time thinking about your own accomplishments this new year, it’s even better to share those accomplishments with others. Plus, everyone loves getting mail. Mail that contains positive, uplifting, heartfelt gratitude is even better.
Imagine the impact a thank you note can have on someone who might have had an otherwise shit year. It lifts people up to know they have been influential in someone’s life.
4) Pushing Pause
Life is so hectic and fast-paced that we rarely take the time to acknowledge one another’s friendships and relationships.
We take a lot of things for granted and assume that people know how we feel. Start 2018 off right by setting the tone for your existing relationships and let people know that they are important to you.
It only takes a few minutes to sit quietly and reflect on how others have impacted your life, and it only takes a few minutes to write a letter saying thank you.
Pressing the pause button is a common act this time of year, so make yours count by showing others what their friendship, business, or support means to you.
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