“Giving Thanks Isn’t a Holiday; It’s How Happy People Live”

I love that quote! At this time of Thanksgiving, I thought it would be appropriate for me to share how I express my gratitude every day of the year, not just on Thanksgiving.

Every morning before I get ready for the day, I write in my gratitude journal 5 things that I am grateful for.Cornucopia

Years ago, I read a book called, The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. In his book he suggests that every day when we write in our journal, we should write about the most remarkable event that occurred the day before. So I write, “the most remarkable event that occurred yesterday was…..” and then I write what that event was. The marvelous thing about this exercise is that instead of just writing down in my journal the things that happened in my day, which could be something good, bad, positive, or negative, I am actually purposely looking for the positive. It forces my brain to concentrate on what’s right in my world, not what’s wrong. It’s a beautiful experience.

In Darren Hardy’s book, The Compound Effect, he talks about a Thanksgiving Journal he wrote for his wife Georgia. Each day for one year he would write one good thing about his wife. For example, how her hair looked, or how she made a wonderful meal. Now, some days it was really hard for him to find something good to write about her, especially if it wasn’t that great of a day for them. But he would search until he could find the good. At Thanksgiving, he presented Georgia with his Thanksgiving journal and she cried. She said it was the best gift she had ever received in her life.

I decided to do that for my husband and I will say that it is truly a wonderful experience because it keeps me focused on all his wonderful and fabulous qualities!

Another quote I love comes from Darren Hardy which says, “Your dream can only be as big and as great as your team.”  I completely and wholeheartedly agree! I feel truly blessed and thankful to have this group surrounding me! I’ve had really great people work for me in the past; and honestly and sincerely, they’ve never been the caliber of people that I have with me now. I feel that these women exemplify all of the virtues and characteristics I need to fulfill my passion of giving Premium Red Carpet Service to each and every one of our clients.

Enhanced Team PhotoWhen I say, “Jump,” my teams asks, “How high?” and then they go even higher! A fun thing we have implemented is that whenever someone on the team goes the extra mile, or comes up with a better way to do something, I give to them a brownie point. Once the team has earned 100 brownie points collectively, I actually make them homemade brownies from the box. Yes, I love the box kind! I’m not really a sweet tooth and I’m very picky about my brownies! 😊 I don’t like “fancy” brownies, just give me the Milk Chocolate Pillsbury brand, or Betty Crocker, or Duncan Hines, – it doesn’t matter to me. Just as long as it comes from the box. And it only costs me a dollar plus eggs, oil, water, and my time, and it makes for a fun environment in our company’s culture.

And as always, I am thankful for YOU, my client! Every day when I write down the 5 things that I am grateful for, one of those 5 things is ALWAYS, “my clients”. Without you and your support of my business, I would have no one to serve. My business is built entirely by referral. My clients are either repeat or referred, and now that I am approaching my 20th year in real estate, we are serving the children of our clients. I feel truly blessed. I am grateful. And I never ever take your business or your referrals for granted.

At this time of Thanksgiving and every day, I am thankful for you! So, thank you!

May you and your family enjoy the holiday season and may you experience gratitude every day of the year!

Have a Heavenly Day!®

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