Thanksgiving Challenge

Thanksgiving Challenge

I picked up my kids from school the other day and decided to play one of my favorite artists, Taj Mahal, as we drove home. Taj does a beautiful cover of William Bell's classic, "You Don't Miss Your Water ("'Til Your Well Runs Dry"). The song was nearly over when Sam asked me about the lyrics.

I explained that the meaning of the song is about not appreciating what you have until it is gone. We talked about it more, and I explained that it's about being thankful.

It's about being thankful

Here we are quickly approaching Thanksgiving. What a perfect time to stop and give thanks to the people in our networks.

As a keynote speaker, author, consultant, and dad, I feel like I'm running a mile a minute most days. I'm scrambling to plan next year, complete client work, prepare and travel for presentations, write and research new articles, reply to emails, and remember to pick up my kids from school.

All of the work we do each day can make it easy to forget to be thankful for the people in our lives.

A Thanksgiving Challenge

Here's a challenge for you. I'm doing this too. Go ahead and book 10 minutes on your calendar each day leading up to Thanksgiving to write a thank-you message to someone in your network. Try to do one person a day, but by all means, write more if you can find the time. In fact, I'm going to try to do this every day for the remainder of the month.

Who should you follow up with?

Begin by reviewing your calendar so far this year. Flip back to January and review who you met with and what the outcome was. I bet you can easily find people you can thank who took the time to meet with you or to speak with you over the phone.

Look through your text messages next. Who did you exchange messages with several months ago?

Review the private messages you have exchanged on Facebook. Scroll back to the start of the year. Take a look at your direct messages on Twitter from months ago. Who should you follow up with? Check LinkedIn messages and Snapchat snaps while you're at it. 

Give thanks

There are several ways you can give thanks to the people who helped you this year. The easiest way is to send them an email to say thank you. You can also pick up the phone and call them directly. Bonus points for taking the time to send them an actual thank-you card.

I hope you stop for a moment to consider who has helped you this year. Do something nice for the people in your network, provide an introduction, write a LinkedIn recommendation, send a thank-you note, pick up the phone and call them. Set some time on your calendar to do this now; you will be thankful you did.

Thank YOU for reading and sharing this article. I would love to write more, but I must run to pick up my kids from school.

Happy Thanksgiving (and belated for my Canadian friends).