Why settle for giving a “thank you” when you can give a POWER THANK YOU*?
Make giving thanks the center piece of your Thanksgiving by having each person give a Power Thank You. It has 3 parts:
Part 1: Thank someone for something specific that they did for you (it can also be something they refrained from doing that would have hurt you).
Part 2: Acknowledge the effort it took for them to do it (by saying something like: “I know you didn’t have to do —” or “I know you went out of your way to do —“).
Part 3: State the difference it personally made to you.
1. I want to thank the subscribers to my weekly “Wakeup Calls” email list for having subscribed and staying subscribed for more than ten years.
2. I know how many invitations and solicitations you receive to subscribe to newsletters and how overwhelming and off putting that can be and yet, you subscribe and continue to subscribe to mine and even suggest other people you know to do the same.
3. The fact that you trust and continue to trust me and have confidence in me to provide content that you find useful in your professional and personal lives in a “don’t trust anyone” world matters greatly to me and is something I want to honor by continuing to serve you as I have.
One of the reasons for that is that you can’t be angry and thankful at the same time.
Anger is a reaction to feeling something is missing, something has gone wrong and you are wounded. Anger comes from a need to retaliate or out of fear of something or someone attacking/hurting you again to attack them to keep them from doing it (think wounded animal and war in Iraq after 9/11).
Thankfulness comes from a feeling of wholeness, that nothing is missing, that there is no one you need to retaliate against. In fact, if you are not a dyed-in-the-wool taker, thankfulness crosses over into wanting to show gratitude by giving to others.
I’d love to hear from you if you try a Power Thank You for Thanksgiving.
Warm regards and thanks to you all,