My former boss was a notorious thank you card writer! In almost two years of serving under him, I received numerous thank you cards, email’s or hand written notes.
It wasn’t just me, the entire staff received thank you’s from him frequently.
At first I thought it was a bit overdone. But the more I thought about it, I began to truly appreciate it. It was him sharing that he valued me and all the other individuals on staff.
It started a practice in me that I want encourage you to adopt as well.
Here are a few reasons why saying “Thank you” can never be overdone:
- Saying thank you allows the individual you are thanking to know that you notice them. I am a person who gets tunnel vision. In fact, friends have told me that. I can be so focused that it seems as though I don’t recognize they exist or that they are contributing to the shared goal or mission. By stopping and saying “thank you”, you can acknowledge the fact that you see beyond the project or goal. You see the people. You see the person.
- Saying thank you opens the door to future help. Here is the reality: no one wants to help ungrateful people. But, they are willing to not only help, but to invite others to help people who they know are truly humble and appreciate the help they receive.
- Saying thank you adds value to peoples lives. Do you know that there is someone around you that is not used to people saying thank you to them? Your kids teacher. Your postal office worker. The Walmart employee who has 1 out of the only 3 open lanes in a 25 lane store! They get a lot of feedback and much of it is not thanks. Imagine receiving a card from you thanking and commending them for how well they handled the pressure of the long lines!
- Saying thank you keeps you humble. No one HAS to help you. No one HAS to join your cause. No one HAS to come to your church. No one HAS to use your services. No one HAS to serve you. No one HAS to read your blog, listen to your podcast or read your book! When people do any of these things, we should never feel as if it was owed to us or as if we’ve arrived. It should humble us to the fact that they could’ve chosen anything or anyone else but they chose us. For that we should be grateful.
With that said, who are you thankful for? It’s never too early or too late to start giving thanks! That’s the unrelenting optimists way!
Question: What practices have you learned from mentors, bosses or other leaders in your life? Share them in a comment below.