What do Sir Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey and other highly successful entrepreneurs have in common—besides billions of dollars? They practice gratitude in business and in their personal lives. Thanksgiving is synonymous with being thankful, but these successful entrepreneurs make it a point to be thankful all year long.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
—Oprah Winfrey, Entrepreneur
Gratitude—the act of being thankful— is proven to improve mental and physical health, increase productivity and performance, and promote happiness. When you’re in a state of gratitude, you’re better equipped to handle challenges, make decisions, and focus on positives instead of negatives. In other words, gratitude helps you put things into perspective so you can take action.
And if there’s one thing entrepreneurs have to do, its take action. Being an entrepreneur takes more than just a dream. It also means being open to the right business opportunity, setting goals, and working hard to bring your dreams to life.
Once you begin practicing gratitude, you may notice improved enthusiasm for your business endeavors. So how can you begin to practice gratitude in business? Simply saying “thank you” goes a long way.
Write down the things you are thankful for every day. Focus on your successes, however small, at the end of each day. Did you close a new location, meet a viable contact, receive great advice from your business coach, or find a new healthy snack that your customers are sure to love? No matter how small the success may seem, when you plant seeds of gratitude, only good things can grow.
Richard Branson notes that he’s spent a lifetime creating things that make a difference in other people’s lives, and that’s where he gets his primary satisfaction. Gratitude can be the key to a healthy business. Let Thanksgiving be the beginning of your gratitude in business practice!