Gratitude Should Always Be a Part of Your Business Plan

There’s no magic solution to running a successful business, but your attitude can play a critical role. 

Research has consistently shown that gratitude can positively impact your life, enabling you to become happier, healthier, and more successful. And for business owners, gratitude can undoubtedly benefit your company as well.

So how do you practice gratitude? Allow your business coaches at ActionCOACH RGV to provide you with a few insights on how to implement and foster gratitude in business!

The Proven Benefits of Gratitude

Showing gratitude isn’t just about how it benefits you, but truly how it can meaningfully affect others, including your team members. When it comes to the benefits of gratitude, there’s plenty to be had, including:

  • Improve teamwork and the customer experience. Gratitude can inspire positive behaviors that encourage team members to support one another and go above and beyond in their responsibilities. These behaviors will translate to an improved experience for your customers as well. 
  • Enhance the work ethic of your team. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but employees who feel appreciated by their bosses are generally encouraged to work harder. Gratitude for your team members can improve their happiness and work ethic, minimizing employee turnover.   
  • Boost your health. A positive attitude can do wonders for your mental and physical health. Gratitude can cut down on stress,  improve heart health, affect sleep quality, and improve your general wellbeing.
  • Strengthen bonds with your clients. Expressing your gratitude towards your clients can go a long way. Whether it’s personalized touches when they visit your business, loyalty rewards, or other gifts, showing gratitude and appreciation for your customers will ensure they come back (and spread the word about your amazing products and services). 
  • Build stronger partnerships. Gratitude can strengthen and nurture your business relationships and partnerships. By communicating your appreciation for your partner and letting them know how much you appreciate their efforts, you can really support your business in the long run. 

How to Develop Gratitude Into Your Business Plans

So how can you implement gratitude in the workplace and amongst your employees? Consider the following tips and activities: 

  • Conduct a quick end-of-the-week roundup meeting where you can share some of the week’s successes with your team. If you want to take it a step further, you can write down and share a few work-related things you’re grateful for; you might even ask a few team members to share as well. A “gratitude” meeting will end the week on a positive note. 
  • Share your gratitude with both employees, customers, and business partners by writing and delivering a few “Thank You” notes. For team members and partners, make sure to write a personalized message that specifies why exactly you’re thankful for them and what they contribute to your business. For customers, express your gratitude for their business and how they’ve impacted your business.
  • One of the most impactful ways to build gratitude in the workplace is by modeling it yourself.  “Thank yous” from time to time can make a meaningful difference, as well as one-on-one conversations where you can share a few words of appreciation. You can even ask your team what forms of appreciation would motivate them.
  • Be mindful of what you are grateful for in your professional and personal life by maintaining a gratitude journal. Gratitude journals are excellent tools that enable you to focus on all the good things going on in your business and life.

Tips for Keeping a Gratitude Journal

If you decide you’d like to keep a gratitude journal, there are a few simple steps you can take to maintain the habit. One of the most commonly recommended methods is to take a few minutes at the end of each day to write down at least three things you are grateful occurred throughout the day.

When considering what to be thankful for, consider these guidelines: 

  • Don’t rush through the process; give yourself some time to actually think about your day and why you feel grateful.
  • Delve a little deeper into why you are experiencing gratitude; this shouldn’t be just a list.
  • Try and include a gratitude point that involves another person. 
  • Don’t judge your points of gratitude; whether it’s a “big” or “small” event, it’s all about simply sharing your gratitude.

Just like starting any new hobby, it can take time to get “good” at writing in your gratitude journal. If you’re feeling a bit stuck, consider going for a quick walk around the neighborhood, enjoy some time in your garden, chat with friends, or listen to a few inspirational talks via YouTube or podcasts. This can inspire you to really get the juices flowing and fill up your gratitude journal in no time.

RGV Business Coaches Empower Business Owners With Solid Business Plans

Being a business owner can be overwhelming at times, and it can be a challenge to get a few minutes each day just to give yourself a moment to think. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the effort. 

By purposely cultivating gratitude and maintaining a gratitude journal, you’ll gain a new perspective on what you truly value and gain clarity about what you’re doing positively in your business and where you can improve. But perhaps most importantly, by sharing that gratitude with others, you’ll be improving their lives as well (and enhancing your business)

Of course, a gratitude journal is only one part of the puzzle. You also need an exceptional business plan and team to achieve your business goals. When you choose to work with ActionCOACH RGV, you don’t need business loans to learn exceptional business insights. Our business coaches can enable you to grow your profit, develop systems that allow you to spend less time working, and transform your team into efficient and profit-driven members.

So what are you waiting for? Take action and sign up for your complimentary business plan session now. 

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