“We all love the grateful person, especially if he or she is talented and successful. The grateful individual is deeply appreciated and people go out of their way to assist their progress because there is something happy and special about them. Conversely, we quickly take a disliking to the person who shows no gratitude for the opportunities, advantages and support others have provided. We want to put obstacles in their way.” - Dan Sullivan, The Gratitude Principle
The Gratitude Principle is simple and basic. You can achieve endless progress and success in your life as long as you are increasingly grateful each step along the way.
What can you do this holiday season to practice the Gratitude Principle?
- Host a Thanksgiving potluck: Invite your colleagues to bring their favorite dishes and share them with the team. This is a great way to bond with coworkers and show appreciation for their hard work.
- Send a thank-you note: Take the time to write a personalized note to each of member of your team – including your underwriters and centers of influence, thanking them for their contributions to your firm. This small gesture can go a long way in making your team feel valued.
- Organize a volunteer event: Consider organizing a volunteer event with your team, such as serving meals at a local shelter or participating in a charity walk. This is a great way to give back to the community and show gratitude for all that you have.
- Give back to your employees: If you are an agency leader, show your appreciation by giving back to your employees in some way, such as offering bonuses or extra time off during the holiday season.
- Celebrate together: Plan a fun team outing or activity that everyone can enjoy, such as going to see a movie or attending a sporting event. This is a great way to bond with your team and show them that you care.
Remember, showing gratitude is an important part of building strong relationships with your colleagues, employees, underwriters, and centers of influence. By taking the time to show appreciation for others, you can create a positive work environment and foster a culture of gratitude and respect.