February 9, 2020
Gratitude Part 1
Gratitude, Part I By Chuck Violand February 10, 2020 Most of us learn at an early age that it’s polite to thank others for the kindnesses they extend to us. The process of saying “please” and “thank you” becomes routine. And while gratitude is always a good thing, I think it’s important that we regularly remind ourselves of the impact that expressing gratitude can have on the people around us. This is especially true as we become more successful at work or gain influence in our position. It’s far too easy to overlook the people and events that have allowed us to get to where we are in our lives today. And our appreciation for the help we’ve gotten from others deserves to be intentional rather than routine. November of 2004, in these Notes, is when I first addressed the subject of gratefulness and how it works to make us more effective leaders. I wrote about how gratefulness leads to loyalty, which leads to submission, which leads to humility, which finally leads to promotion. In other words, when we realize that the world doesn’t revolve around us, we become the kind of person those around us want to champion. In