I would argue that the phrase thank you is the most important phrase out there. Anyone who receives a sincere “thank you” knows and appreciates what it means. Of course it’s polite, however, it is also an extremely valuable tool in life.
Sure, sometimes we don’t say “thank you” to our waitstaff or clerk at the grocery store because we are so wrapped up in myself that we forgot to say it. Not a big deal, really. I imagine we’ve all found ourselves at one time or another so absorbed in the importance of what we’ve been doing that somehow, a simple phrase, such as thank you, gets lost; that strikes me as unfortunate.
Here are a few ways to show your gratitude and appreciation:
Set aside time every week to acknowledge people’s good work.
Hand write thank-you notes whenever you can. The personal touch matters in the digital age.
Punish in private; praise in public. Make the public praise timely and specific.
Remember to cc people’s supervisors. “Don’t tell me. Tell my boss.”
Foster a culture of gratitude. It’s a game changer for sustainably better performance.
Today, I challenge you to show your appreciation. Say those simple words. Showing appreciation isn’t a hard thing, it’s just something that often isn’t done anymore.
I’ve always been told if you are five minutes early, you are on time; if you are on time you’re late; and if you show up 5 minutes late, you might as well not have showed to begin with. From an early age being on time has always been something I practiced thanks to my mom (thanks, mom!).
Being punctual shows a lot about the type of person you are. If you are early or on time I can tell that you have integrity and character. You are disciplined and humble. And yes I can tell all of this just from your punctuality. I read an interesting article the other day, A Man is Punctual: Time Importance of being on Time. It’s a fantastic article, give it a read. Personally it’s a real gear grinder when people don’t follow through especially when there are time constraints. This year, make an effort to be on time. If you need to wake up early, do it. Build in some extra time to your travel and morning routine. Once you start being punctual, you’ll never want to go back.