On this episode, I talk about being grateful. I have written multiple times about gratitude and the importance of deploying it personally and professionally and I continue to be impressed by the power and impact it has on my mind and day to day interactions.
I added a gratitude journal to my life in 2018 and I think I first got the idea from Tim Ferriss. For me it helps me set the stage for a great day and reflect a little on the day, week, month or even life prior to that day. This helps me shift gears and get my new day into focus. I can tell you that when you begin the day with some gratitude reflection, you are pushing away from shore with some real wind in your sails. As an entrepreneur, this is even more important because you need to be as focused as humanly possible to navigate the rough waters that come with being your own boss.
Only positivity comes from it and I tend to get more done and allow less to really upset me or take me off my game. So not only does it feel good to stop and give thanks, but it actually helps yield better business results. If you are like me and are always seeking ways to get an edge or productive ways get ahead, then this is a smart move for you.
In my case, by appreciating the employees and clients who put me where I am, I find that I am a better leader and more empathetic in most situations. Trust me, I still get frustrated and aggravated by silly things, but much less so than I used to. I use my daily journal as a way to reset and not let the things that were annoying me from the day prior linger for too long. Remember, I am grateful to even have clients and employees to be annoyed about…
I have been practicing a new routine of late and I have found that it has really elevated my mental game and overall work output. I call it the ‘tude check and I will break it down for you here.
I create set slots on my calendar to signal that I should check in with a mindset, and reminds me to zero in on a specific and sometimes overlooked area of focus. As disciplined as I am (or at least think I am) I still find that this set calendar date with my brain really helps make sure I keep the commitment and really think about it tangibly.
1- Attitude- Here I remind myself on Sunday nights how much I love what I do, how much I cant wait to get into work and how much I am committed to building a really successful company for me, my clients and my employees. I am a pretty focused and upbeat guy anyway, but that reminder is just a little nudge in that direction to make sure I am employing the right attitude to win.
Every week at that time (when I am in a great attitude mindset) I literally draft an email to my entire team and set the stage for their week. I read articles that motivate me to push harder, work deeper and never sit back and coast. I even pick out the Monday morning Instagram post for my company that will set the stage for us to kick a@# and take names that week. The right attitude sets the altitude for the week for sure.
2- Latitude- On Wednesdays around 3PM, I have been doing what I call a coordinates check in. I have written before about how I try to regiment my days/weeks and cover a lot of different areas for my company. So at this time, I stop and look at my compass (if you will) to gauge where I am at for the week? Am I ahead or behind pace? Is there anywhere that I need to pivot or adjust? This allows me to course correct for Thursday and Friday and make sure I over-index in any area(s) that is/are lagging or that just needs heavy focus given the ever changing landscape of running my own business, especially one in the service space.
3- Gratitude- I have also written before about having a “gratitude attitude” and it is really so important for your mental success. On Fridays I will spend time sending some sort of thank you message to a client, employee or referral partner to let them know I am truly thankful for their contribution to my success personally or professionally. Sometimes I will even just call a parent, to check in and let them know I am thinking of them and want to see how they are doing. I do this because it is the right thing to do and to be honest it selfishly feels good which helps fill my tank with some good energy. Once again after a week in client services, it is a much needed reprieve from the constant barrage of negative energy (sometimes warranted and much more often, unwarranted) that comes my way.
I wanted to put this down in a post, so I could share it and potentially convince others to “cop a ‘tude” too. Being positive, thankful and focused on staying on course and not getting too distracted or off target is obviously a smart approach to business and life in general. This is just a roadmap to potentially help you get there.
Despite the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur and the hard work and hustle needed each and every minute, I spend most of my days feeling a real sense of gratitude. Not just for being alive and healthy (knocks on wood) or for my beautiful wife and amazing family (luckiest guy around), but for being given the opportunity to do what I love and work with and for amazing people.
My team comes in every day and works so hard for my company, despite all of the noise and distractions in this market. LinkedIn recruiters, friends at other jobs, others traveling the world and a grass is always greener mentality that exists in the back of the minds of young millennials can really cause confusion and aggravation. Despite all of these things, they focus and dedicate themselves to growing our vision together and for that I am forever grateful and humbled.
My clients have many options out there when it comes to social media agencies, yet they put their trust and faith in Sircle Media. That is something I take very seriously and I work hard to prove them right each and every day. Not only do they come and stay, but they refer other brands and business owners – the ultimate stamp of approval for a service business like mine.
In the first 3 months of the year, I received 14 referrals of which 9 committed to some work and the rest were given great advice or guidance and were very pleased with the value I brought them. I cant even begin to explain how much it means to me, so Monica, Mark (both of you), Mike, Emily, Jen, Carina, Josh, Zach, Ben, Joseph and Naomi- THANK YOU!
We live in interesting times, and there can be a lot to be stressed out about for sure. I choose to take a different POV and instead I value the good in people and the relationships I continue to create and foster. In an age of constant communication and noise, it is incredibly helpful to stop, pause and appreciate!