Season 7 — epiBLOG 10:
Being grateful is an amazing state to be in. Some believe that gratitude for who and what are already in your life will cause the universe to “send” you more people and things to be grateful for. I can’t argue against this belief, as I have experienced it myself. However, being gracious doesn’t mean that obstacles or annoying people won’t come into your life. Trust me; they will come and these experiences have all new lessons of growth for you.
Today’s topic is to be grateful “as a way of being” as an entrepreneur.
This topic may seem subjective to many of you. However, adding this way of being to your approach in business can open up doors that will take you to a whole new level.
If you’re struggling in your business or even deal with struggling to find the good in annoying or challenging circumstances, focus on the following areas: (1) consider what you actually have possession of at this exact moment, (2) show up for your business appointments with an attitude of gratitude, and (3) send a handwritten thank you to clients that you have completed work for.
Consider what you actually have possession of at this exact moment.
(1) Be grateful for what you have now. Some people believe that saying “thank you” to God or the universe for things that we don’t already have calls those things into reality. This advice has never worked for me. If this works for you, use it. Nevertheless, when I look at the reality that’s in front of me and be genuinely grateful for what actually is, I find myself in the frame of mind to create more opportunities. Gratitude seems to open my mind to making bigger things happen. Let’s look at an example. Let’s say you closed $2,500 worth of business in May. It wasn’t your best performing month. As a matter of fact, it was a very low performing month for you, but you did make money. Focus on what actually did happen—you were profitable and your business moved forward. As a solopreneur/entrepreneur this is exciting. You could have easily made $0, or worse, you could have lost money. Taking the excited energy of having created business, you open yourself to consider new opportunities that you wouldn’t have considered before.
Show up for your business appointments with an attitude of gratitude.
(2) When you create a gracious atmosphere, people naturally want to contribute to you. It may not always be by closing business deals with them. It may just be simple business relationship building or they may send you referrals.
Send a handwritten thank you to clients that you have completed work for.
(3) A handwritten “thank you” goes a long way. Saying thank you to your client with a note that you actually take the time to write by hand and send via snail mail makes people feel special. You should always make your clients feel special—especially after they provided you with the opportunity to serve them. In today’s technology-driven world, it’s easy to email or text a generic or meaningless “thank you.” Taking the time to write something that’s unique, heartfelt, and meaningful comes across as genuine. Always be sincere in business, and when you’re able to show your sincerity, do it.
Today’s LESSON is to have an attitude of gratitude in business and in life.
FUN ASSIGNMENT: Write a list of your former and/or existing clients. Go buy cards for them, write a genuine handwritten note to each of them, and mail those cards off. It’s never too late for a client to hear “thank you.”
Nitara Osbourne owns The Infinite Writer Agency, LLC, which provides content to producers, publishers, entrepreneurs, and sales people seeking help with developing their life stories into nonfiction books and movie scripts. Ghostwriting and editing services are provided for clients as well. If you’re an accomplished sales or business professional, and are looking to tell your story, contact Nitara Osbourne. InfiniteWriterAgency@gmail.com.