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5 Reasons Why Practising Gratitude Is Great for Your Business

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Entrepreneurs and established business owners can benefit enormously, both personally and professionally, by incorporating the practice of gratefulness into their daily routine. It might sound like a bit of an airy-fairy concept, but the reality is quite the opposite.

Gratitude is scientifically proven to promote happiness, improve mental and physical health, cultivate positive relationships, increase productivity and enable you to better deal with challenges, all of which will improve your work-life balance and enable you to achieve the business success you desire.

Here are five reasons why practising gratitude is great for your business:

1. Health and wellbeing

The healthier you are in body and mind, the better your professional performance. A happy, calm and energised individual is more adequately equipped to work productively, think creatively, deal with stress and handle the many challenges we all face on a daily basis. Negativity is incredibly damaging to physical, emotional and mental health because it simply encourages and attracts further negativity, which is not conducive to success.

The practice of gratitude will help you to appreciate the little things we tend to overlook, dismiss or take for granted. By recognising and acknowledging the goodness in your life, you will enjoy more positive emotions, appreciate good experience, and encourage an optimistic attitude that focuses on achievements and opportunity instead of failure and insurmountable problems.

“More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other’s well-being, is source of happiness.” – Dalai Lama

2. Builds positive relationships

Happy, gracious and thankful people are far more successful at cultivating positive relationships. Establishing good relations is essential in business. The practice of gratitude will enable you to connect with customers, attract new clients, and foster beneficial relations with suppliers and manufacturers.

Showing appreciation and thanks is also one of the most effective ways to motivate employees to work harder and increase staff retention rates. When people feel valued, they feel good. And when you make them feel good, they’re more likely to demonstrate loyalty.

3. Inspires others

Lead by example and you’ll encourage others to follow suit. If you’re constantly stressed and ungrateful, you risk losing clients and employees, and valuable opportunities may pass by unnoticed. If this is the example you set to those around you, don’t be surprised when they display the same attitude in return. Inspire loyalty, inspire positivity, inspire productivity, inspire gratitude. We reap what we sow, so make sure it’s the good stuff.

4. Puts everything into perspective

Being grateful for what you have and what you’ve achieved is a great way to maintain perspective. Particularly when the proverbial hits the fan. And it certainly will at some point – it’s inevitable when you’re running a business. When things don’t go to plan, the most effective way to handle the challenge is to remain levelheaded, put the problem into perspective and learn from the experience. Every setback is an opportunity to learn, improve and progress.

“More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other’s well-being, is source of happiness.” – Joel Osteen

5. Improves productivity

Gratitude will not only improve your own productivity, it will have a positive impact on the productivity of the people your business relies on. Giving and receiving thanks makes us feel better, thus we develop a higher resilience to stress, we enjoy better levels of concentration and we’re motivated to work hard – all of which enables us to achieve more. And the more successful you become, the more you will have to be thankful for.

Gratitude is one of the most important elements for success, how has being grateful helped your business? Leave your comments below.

Rachel Craig is Head of Content for Rapid Formations Limited, the UK’s leading company formation agency. She provides small business advice and technical guidance on UK company registration, corporate compliance and employee wellness. Prior to joining Rapid Formations in 2013, Rachel worked in research and customer service after obtaining a BA Marketing and an MA History of Art from the University of Glasgow. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, painting and spending time with her partner and their two untrainable dogs.

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20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator

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Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

I you want to learn how to become more confident in life then you can join my weekly mentorship calls and 40+ online workshops at AweBliss.com so you can master your life with more success.

 
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