( ENSPIRE SPOTLIGHT ) Stacia Pierce: The Power of Gratitude
Stacia Pierce is an award winning life coach and entrepreneur. She has worked with the Hollywood elite, Grammy and Emmy winners, to television personalities, successful business owners, lawyers, doctors and government officials. Stacia strives to create a work-life balance, and provides powerful mentoring messages through her work as an entrepreneur.
Stacia is located in Orlando, Florida. Her tips have been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Ebony Magazine, The Steve Harvey Show, The Huffington Post and many more. She is now sharing a few of those tips with us. As entrepreneurs we know it is an ever-changing and continuous learning process.
Power of Gratitude to grow your business
Many people are aware of the importance of living a life of gratitude, but don’t realize the great impact that it can have on one’s career and business. We live in a society, and especially a business culture, of chronic under-appreciation. Many professionals and business people have become accustomed to working a thankless job or running a thankless business. However, to be just a little bit thoughtful, grateful and appreciative will certainly make you stand out from the crowd. Being intentionally grateful, can not only improve your own perspective, but also cause extra profits.
Though there are many, here are 4 benefits of practicing gratitude.
- Gratitude improves your health. Dr. Robert Emmons, PhD, a leading expert in the science of gratitude has conducted numerous studies showing how being grateful helps you get rid of toxic emotions like jealously, low self-worth and depression. It is also reported that people who practice gratitude have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, are more optimistic, happy and enjoy better sleep.
- Gratitude improves your ability to generate creative ideas. When you practice sincere appreciation for your work, family and other blessings, you open the floodgates to think clearly and receive creative ideas.
- Showing gratitude will add to your bottom line. When your customers and clients know they’re appreciated, they’ll keep coming back. A customer that’s received a personal ‘thank you’ will overlook small issues that would otherwise turn them off. When was the last time you received a written thank-you card for a business transaction? Do you remember how you felt when you got it? You were probably impressed and touched. And if you’re like most people, you continued to do business with the person that sent it to you. Sincere thankfulness is so rare, it will give you a key differentiation from your competition.
Ready to power up your life by adding more gratitude? Here are 3 ways to get you started.
Focus on gratitude. Aside from your goals and success endeavors, take a few minutes everyday to meditate and reflect on things you are grateful for. Close your eyes and ponder on all the things that are going right. Thankfulness always puts in motion more good things coming your way, because you get more of what you’re looking for. When you focus on things that make you happy, you’ll reap even more happy outcomes.
Say thank you often. Strengthen your personal relationships by showing sincere appreciation for your friends and loved ones. A personal expression of thanks shows the recipient that you truly appreciate them and recognize their effort or expense on your behalf. It’s a proof point that you don’t take the relationship for granted. At the cost of a quick conversation, or stationery and a stamp, you can solidify the meaningful relationships in your life. It works in the business area as well.
Keep a gratitude journal. Take a few minutes each night to pull out your journal and list 10 or more things that made your day, regardless of circumstances. Close your night with a heart full of gratitude and you will generate days full of goodness! I agree with Zig Ziglar who said, “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”
As you develop a lifestyle of gratefulness, you will begin to experience unprecedented contentment, peace and satisfaction in your life. On top of that, you’ll see your business profits increase and form lasting, important connections with successful others. You’ll begin to see the opportunity in every challenge and learn to conquer rather than to complain. With this attitude in action, you can’t help but succeed. In everything, give thanks. It’s one of the most important habits you’ll ever adopt.