Like many motivational speakers I am on the road a lot, but when I'm home I love to lose myself in one of several favorite television shows. And tonight, snuggled up in my living room with my doggies curled up beside me, I watched the provocative and always entertaining show, Mad Men.
In tonight's show, Peggy Olson is complaining to her boss, Don Draper, that she doesn't get credit for her ideas, especially one for a television commercial that won him an award. He yells at her, "That's your job! I pay you money and you give me ideas." She blurts out, "And you never thank me!" He angrily replies, "That's what the money's for!"
Oh how I wish I could say that this idea – that a paycheck should keep an employee happy and feeling validated is truly a "seventies" phenomena and no one believes that today. But sadly, that's not true. I have seen examples of that very idea in practice in companies and offices all around the country. Offices with some very unhappy workers who do just about as little as they possibly can to get along, by the way.
And it's not just in the workplace where this happens. There is an old joke about a woman who complains to her husband that he never tells her he loves her, to which he replies, "I married you, didn't I?"
I'd like to offer a suggestion to anyone reading this post:
Every single day, think of three people who have done – or are doing SOMETHING that you appreciate, like, admire, want more of, think is cool or whatever – and tell them. You can send an email, leave a voice message, do a face-to-face encounter, or send an actual card to (and yes, go ahead and send a real live card in the mail right now, if you like – for F.R.E.E., on me.)
Take this little Gratitude Challenge for thirty days and you will have positively impacted NINETY people! Wow! Ninety!
I just started my own thirty day challenge and will be reporting back on July 9th to let you know how it went. I'd LOVE for you to join me and share YOUR results!