Creating Business Success with the 6 Pillars of Gratitude

Happy New Year!

Have you reflected on your year and given gratitude for what has come to you?  This is the perfect time to reflect and to give gratitude to those who have contributed to your growth this year.  Don’t forget to include yourself in that list.

I believe, and have experienced greatly, that every facet of our lives is intertwined – there is no separation – and have adopted an attitude of gratitude for every single facet.  Even as I sit with a Christmas cold, I can be grateful for all the remedies and tricks I’ve learned from my light-working friends to stay out of the density of the cold virus.  I can be grateful for having a partner who likes to take care of me, for a quiet space to rest, for fresh water to make soothing herbal tea, for the tea, and so much more.

And what if we could be grateful for everything, not just the “good” stuff?  As you reflect on your year, what are you truly grateful for?  What new things have you learned this year?  What new relationships have you formed?  What or who have you let go of that no longer serve you in the highest (and can you be grateful for what they did give you)?

My gift today is to share with you 6 pillars of gratitude – having an attitude of gratitude will bring you more things to be grateful for.  Think of how you can express your gratitude and appreciation to each of these pillars:

  1. Clients – As a business owner, without clients and customers, you have no revenues. If you’re an employee, you have clients too (the business group you serve).  So how can you show gratitude to your customers?  It can be as simple as a thoughtful thank-you, or a client appreciation gift or special VIP treatment.  And it’s not just what you do to show appreciation, but how often as well (but not too often that it becomes an expectation).  Having regular points of contact will increase the client’s experience with you.  No doubt, as a client, I like to feel appreciated and that I’m getting the best product or service for my investment.  As a client, when I feel appreciated, I’m more likely to do more business with you and contribute to your cash flow.  It’s certainly easier to produce revenues from a few appreciated clients than it is to make cold sales.

  2. Employees (and contractors) – If you want to grow your business or further your career, you will have a team to support you, either a team of employees or a team of contracted support workers. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to do your business effectively, and your client’s experience would then suffer.  It’s a fact that happy employees are more productive and loyal employees.  It’s easy to give feedback when things aren’t going right, but what’s necessary is to give gratitude and appreciation to your team when thing ARE going right.  When employees feel appreciated, they will be even more committed to producing better results for you.  How are you expressing gratitude to your employees?


  3. Suppliers – We know that client and employee appreciation are key to driving your revenues, but what about your suppliers? I find that when I’m engaged with my suppliers, and show my gratitude for them with thank you’s and referrals, I’m more likely to get even better service from them.  It instills greater trust in the relationship with them and reduces my stress levels because I can trust that I’m going to get great results.  Showing supplier appreciation can help get things done right the first time, and they may give you even more than what you paid for.


  4. Referral Network – I have to say that most of my clients have come from referrals. Without my referral network to support me when I started my business, I would have struggled and worked a lot harder to have those clients enter my world.  It goes without saying that I feel a world of gratitude to my referral network, but I could do a lot more to show that appreciation.  It doesn’t have to be big, but I think showing your gratitude to referrals goes a long way in growing your business and improving your business success.


  5. Family and Friends – Where would you be without the support of family and friends? When you’re so busy in your business, it’s easy to take family and friends for granted.  However, this group is likely your biggest fan base, and wants to see you succeed and celebrate in your success.  It’s important to stay connected and spend quality time building and maintaining your personal relationships and showing your appreciation.  Speaking first hand, I know this is an area I struggle with – sometimes it’s easier to appreciate strangers than it is to show your family and friends how much you love and appreciate them.  However, without support at home, the stress in your home relationships will spill over to create more stress in your business, and both will suffer.


  6. You – YOU are your business…As a small business owner or solo-preneur, chances are, without you, your business would not operate. Therefore, it’s important to the success of your business that you appreciate you – take care of your body, mind and soul.   When you value and appreciate yourself, you are more likely to attract the types of clients, team, and suppliers who will also value and appreciate you, and you will be more likely to value and appreciate your support network (family, friends, referrals, etc).  And THAT is great for business success!

To sum it all up, when you truly appreciate all of these pillars and give no one more importance over the other, true success happens.  The trick is finding and giving balance to create harmony amongst them.  Take the time to reflect on each of your 6 pillars and decide where you will take inspired action to improve those relationships.

Having an attitude of gratitude is a key to success…and I am eternally grateful to you.  So, THANK YOU…without you, I have no reason to share these gifts!

 

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What is Your Mission?

It’s been a while since I’ve been woken up in the middle of the night with a spark of inspiration so great that I just had to get up and write it.

“It’s not about the number of days you’ve lived, but how well you’ve lived the days you’ve been given.”

I couldn’t go back to sleep.  The message kept repeating until I got out of bed and came down to the computer.  What does this mean – how well you’ve lived the days you’ve been given?  It is different for everyone.  But you can find out for yourself by asking these questions:  Why are you here?  What are you here to do?  If you had $100million, what would you be doing with your life?  What is your personal mission statement?

I’ve been reflecting on this myself for the last couple of weeks (perhaps this is why I woke up with this message – that it’s time to share this with you).  For me, I envision a world filled with joy and harmony.  My mission is to inspire, empower and assist people to have more joy and harmony in their lives, as I do so for myself.  I came to the realization of this mission about 10 years ago, at a time in my life that I was not having much joy or harmony in my own life – my job was making me sick; there was a lot of tension, anger, and resentment in my marriage; my baby kept me up at night; the closest friend I had lived 500 miles away; I had no hobby that filled me up.  It took adversity to wake me up, and I remember sitting in my basement office asking myself, why am I here?  What am I here to do?  What would I like my life to look like?

I still have the piece of paper I wrote it on…my personal mission statement:

  • To be the best I can be
  • To help people achieve their goals and fulfill their objectives through inspiration, motivation, education, and empowerment
  • To make people smile
  • To live each day with love and happiness

Then I started asking HOW…how could I do this?  Then new doors started to open.  A new job came, as did many personal growth (and re-membering) opportunities, and new relationships.  Creativity also began to flow again (that hadn’t flowed in over 10 years prior) with a new level of inspiration and empowerment, in writing inspirational poetry that has been published internationally.   And although I haven’t written much poetry in the last couple of years, I have not stopped writing to inspire, creating to empower, educate and motivate people to smile daily.  VisionSpire was not even a thought back then.  But 3 years ago when I decided to start my business, I began to imagine inspiring, educating and empowering people through my business.  At first, it was to inspire and empower joy by relieving tax stress…it has morphed into so much more.  And each day I ask, what contribution to joy and harmony for the planet can I be today?  What can I do to have more joy and harmony in my own life?

Each time I find myself faced with adversity or drifting off-track, I am reminded of my personal mission statement, and start asking “How can I do this”…doors open. 

You see, everyone faces adversity throughout their lives.  You can choose to let it get you down, to live each day complaining about what happened, about how hard done by you were, how much you lost, how crappy life is…wasting your days in self-pity.  Or you can rise up, and LIVE.  When you have a written personal mission statement, a vision for what you’d like life to be like, you will rise all the stronger and faster from each adversity that comes, and you will live your vision.

What is YOUR personal vision and mission?  What are you here to do?  How will you live the days you’ve been given?

What to do with Your Ideas

If you’re like me, then you have ideas coming into your head all day long.  And frankly, it can be quite distracting, contributing to the “squirrel syndrome” of chasing ideas and not getting things done on your daily list.  The question becomes, what do you do with all those ideas?

The answer is Vision and Focus.

When you are clear in your vision, in what you’re here to do, what your priorities are, it’s a lot easier to discern whether an idea has a place in contributing to that vision, or whether it should be released into the wind for someone else to pick up.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a business owner, employee, stay-at-home mom (or dad), we all have a greater vision for what we’d like our life to BE like, for what we were born to do here in this lifetime.  For me, that vision is a world that lives in greater joy and harmony that exists today.  Then you choose the vehicle for which you will contribute to that vision.

Until few years ago, my vehicle was a full-time job where I helped my team and clients reduce stress and anxiety over tax laws, allowing them to have more joy and harmony in doing their own job/business.  Currently, my vehicle is my business through which I inspire and empower people to have more harmony and joy with money and finances…which has a positive ripple effect into other areas of their life (health, relationships, family, community, contributing to their vision).  I do have another vehicle – one that involves meditation and writing.  With this vehicle, I inspire others to see greater possibilities beyond their current reality – one with more joy and harmony than they have today.

Just like the car you drive, that vehicle can change over time, but the vision doesn’t. 

So, what is your VISION?  What IDEAS are you generating that are in support of that vision?  And what ACTIONS are you taking to transform those ideas into meaningful contribution to your vision?

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://54.82.103.175/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Linda-Spencer-Visionspire-cropped.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Linda Spencer is a CPA, CA, Canadian Tax Specialist and Money Mindfulness Coach. Her mission is to eliminate stress and anxiety people experience around money and taxes, by empowering them with the tools, knowledge, strategies and mindsets that will put them in the driver seat of their business success and financial wellness, so they can have more harmony, joy and abundance in their life.[/author_info] [/author]

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