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Organic Thanks … The Leader’s Garden!

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”Marcel Proust

Organic Thanks must be planted and grown with pure intentions.

Organic Thanks is all natural. It has no preservatives, additives, hidden agendas or qualifiers.

Organic Thanks is healthy for you as well as those you choose to share it with. The science of appreciation is teaching us more about this every day!

Organic Thanks has no bad side effects, and best of all, it makes those on the receiving end feel as good about getting it as you do giving it.

Organic Thanks is like a boomerang. You will, more often than not, get one in return just for tossing one out there.

And, best of all, Organic Thanks costs nothing but a little time, and frankly, not that much effort once you get the hang of it. It develops a rhyme, rhythm and reason all its own.

Organic Thanks is easy to grow in your own back yard.  Anybody with good intentions, selflessness and humility can do it.

Organic Thanks is nothing more than simple, unadulterated gratitude, but there is nothing simple about what it produces.

It can lead to feelings of love, appreciation, generosity and compassion, which further opens our hearts and helps rewire our brains to fire in more positive ways.

It even contributes to giddiness over the feelings it gives all who come in contact with it.

You just can’t give or get enough of this crazy stuff. It is addictive in the best sense of the word.

As leaders, we need to search for opportunities to serve up heaping helpings of Organic Thanks to everyone and everything that has earned it … each and every day … in each and every way.

Don’t save your Organic Thanks for the big things. Little things mean a lot, so recognize those little things with big appreciation.

”I forgot to say thank you,” should not be a part of your vocabulary. Never forget.

And, counting your blessings alone or keeping them to yourself and not giving credit where credit is due is a No No.

So, when and where do you start growing, cultivating and sharing your very own Organic Thanks?

I say right here! Right now! Here’s how.

“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” –  William James

Tom’s Official One Day Organic Thanks Challenge

Instructions: Take three deep breaths. Don’t let the 20 challenges intimidate you. You don’t have to do them all, but try to do at least 10. And, by all means pick and choose, or substitute your own. So, what are you waiting for? It’s meaningful exercise for the heart, mind, and soul!

  1. Start by thanking the first person you see after reading my post and accepting my challenge.
  2. After you share a sample of Organic Thanks and get a feel for how it works, ask that person to do the same. Don’t explain why; just ask them to do it as a favor to you. Just say, now go thank the first person you see. And pass it on.
  3. Type a thank you note and email it to at least 20 people. Add specifics to personalize it or just thank folks for being themselves. Don’t try to sell or tell any more than that.
  4. Thank your Facebook, and LinkedIn Friends while you are at it. Don’t ask them to pass it on, they just will.  What the heck, Tweet the world with a heartfelt thanks, too, while you’re at it.
  5. See if you get any responses from your emails or social media contacts. That’s not the objective, but it does happen. Remember the boomerang principal.
  6. Tell your team how much you are thankful for them as a team and as individuals on the team (sharing one reason why is an added bonus).
  7. Hand write at least three Organic Thank You notes and make sure they are delivered without fanfare.
  8. Pick three people at work and three people on the other side of work that you know and give them personal thanks for something meaningful to you. This is face to face.
  9. Thank an unsung hero for being an unsung hero.
  10. Go out of your way to thank a stranger for something you saw them do. If they are in uniform, you know exactly what to thank them for.
  11. Thank loved ones in your family. Yep, a family pet could be included.
  12. Thank a sales clerk, the newspaper delivery person or mail person for their help.
  13. Thank the new kid on the block.
  14. Surprise someone out of your past with an Organic Thank You.
  15. Add Organic Thanks to your agendas. At Catch Your Limit, we call them Celebrations! We kick off every Monday morning all-hands powwow with them. We even give Standing Os (Standing Ovations) for people or things that we are thankful for!
  16. Throw in one wild card, maybe even wild and crazy … in terms of who you thank and how. Make this one creative and unforgettable. Hint, a kazoo, sparklers or a rubber ducky might be good props to choose from.
  17. Celebrate something, not just someone.
  18. Take a break and read this short article  that was published this past Thanksgiving.
  19. Don’t just stock pile your Organic Thanks to serve only on big T Day … Thanksgiving. Make every day little t day. It will increase the feelings you give and get 365 fold by serving it daily. You don’t have to serve with the traditional trapping and trimmings. And, turkeys will love you.
  20. Say a silent Organic Thanks before dozing off and dream about who and what you will give Organic Thanks to tomorrow.

Before going to bed, bullet thoughts on how your day went, how my challenge made you feel and what, expected or otherwise, happened to those you connected with and to yourself.

Here’s a big Organic Thanks shout out to you for doing any of the following: reading my post, sharing it with others, sharing your thoughts and ideas with me, accepting my challenge, continuing to be a conscientious Organic Thanks gardener.

Now, take the lead! Go out there and be the Johnny Appleseed of gratitude and catch your limit!

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  – Melody Beattie




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