Thanking Those Who Matter

This week, I have picked a great article by Jack Canfield for you.

Jack Canfield is the co-author of the Chicken Soup series and is a speaker, coach and writer. If you recall, he was in KL not too long ago speaking about “The Success Principles”. Now if you missed that seminar, don’t fret. You can read his book (yes, titled “The Success Principles”) and still be in the know on the important tips he meted out during the seminar. Of course, Jack Canfield “live” can’t be beat but if you’re a bookworm like me, you’ll absolutely love the book. Plus, books have the added advantage that you can always re-read chapters you liked! It is a life-changing book to read and digest. As you can see, I am a huge fan of his books.

In the below article, he talks about giving thanks to people who’ve helped you in your successes. I couldn’t agree more! I am here today because of all my wonderful and supportive clients especially those who believed in me when I first started Redbox Studio back in 1998. My company is 9 years old this year and I am totally grateful to each and everyone who has helped me transform Redbox Studio into what it is today.

Celebrate Your Victories and Give Thanks

by Jack Canfield

Research has shown over and over again that the more you acknowledge your past successes, the more confident you become in taking on, and successfully accomplishing, new ones.

As you stay the course and begin to realize your goals, you need to do two very important things:

1.) Celebrate your successes, and …

2.) Express your gratitude to everyone who has helped you along the way.

Let’s look at a few of the ways you can acknowledge your positive past.

Celebrate Your Victories

In order to justify all your sacrifice and persistence that is required to create the life of your dreams, you have to enroll your family, your friends, your colleagues and co-workers, your employees, your clients and, most importantly yourself, to pay the price.

In order for them to do that, there need to be payoffs along the way. Every time you reach a milestone on the path to ultimate success, and every time you achieve a major goal, you need to celebrate by doing something fun and nurturing.

Have an Attitude of Gratitude

Take the time to thank everyone that has helped you achieve your goals. Write them a letter, call them, send them an e-mail or send them a present. It can be as simple as a hug and a thank you — to something as elaborate as letting someone use your summer vacation home for a week.

The Power of Acknowledgment

When you take the time to thank someone, they feel acknowledged for their contribution and will be more likely to want to help again.

Your Inner Child

A big part of creating more success in life is rewarding yourself when you succeed. So, it’s important to reward your inner child as well. Every time you work hard to meet a goal, the part of you that just wants to have fun has to sit still and be good. However, just like any kid, if it knows it will be rewarded later with a treat, it will hang in there with you.

How can you reward your inner child?

• Take a 20-minute walk after an hour or two of concentrated work

• Go for walks in the morning with your spouse, friend, or significant other

• Take 20 minutes to listen to music and daydream

• Take most weekends totally off

• Take several weeklong vacations throughout the year

• Get regular massages

• Engage in daily meditation, exercise and yoga

• Take music lessons

• Go to movies, concerts and plays

• Listen to comedy tapes and watch the Comedy Network

• Listen to motivational audio programs when driving

Thank Your Higher Power

Finally, it is important to thank God, or however you perceive the Higher Power, for all of the abundance that comes into your life. Start with the little stuff — another day of life, healthy children, a sunny day, people who love you, family and friends. Be thankful for the birds, your pets, the clothes you have and the food you eat.

And be especially thankful for any additional blessings that come into your life. Take time each day to say a prayer of thanks when you first arise, before meals, and again at night before bed.

Having an attitude of gratitude opens up the channels for even more abundance to flow into your life.

The more grateful you are, the more you will attract things to be grateful for.

© 2006 Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield, America’s Success Coach, is the founder and co-creator of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul and a leading authority on Peak Performance. If you’re ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get your FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com

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