In the coaching world, gratitude is one of those key concepts that show up consistently. When the client figures out what they do and what those around them are responsible for accomplishing, then gratitude shows up. When you are grateful, you recognize the importance of the people around you in your accomplishments.
Gratitude is often linked with celebrations. You accomplish something and want to show gratitude to those around you for their part. And that leads me to the Academy Awards.
How much genuine gratitude is showing up?
When an artist says, “I want to thank the Academy for bestowing this honor” do you get a sense they are grateful.
When an artist says, “I want to thank Bob, Carol, Ted, and Alice. And I can’t forget my mom and dad” do you think the list of people feel appreciated?
True gratitude and appreciate has two parts: The Who and the What. So when you hear real gratitude, it sound something like this:
- I want to thank my wife and children, for loving me when I wasn’t very lovable in the middle of this project.
- I want to thank Jim, who fought me every step of the way and wouldn’t let me settle for second best.
- I want to thank the pioneers who wouldn’t give up when we faced challenges on this film and found ways to get things done that have never been done before.
What will you do this week to express genuine gratitude? Will you look someone in the eye and thank them? If you can’t do it face-to-face, then consider a phone call, email, text, or even a written note.