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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Take Nothing for Granted

Last weekend I was visiting with my family in Quebec on the family farm.  As is tradition, we always have dessert after supper, and my son had asked for ice cream.  When he went to get it out of the freezer, it was a soupy separated mess…the very large, very old (over 50 years old) chest freezer, had finally died at some point that day.  Now normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal since my parents have 2 other somewhat large (but old) chest freezers and 3 fridges each with their own freezer compartments, and they would find room in those for the soon to be spoiled food.  But harvest season just ended, and the freezers were quite full.   It was interesting to watch as a number of family members scrambled to make room in other freezers, even next door in my brother’s freezer, and I started to think about how we just take it for granted that equipment is going to keep working (even when it’s old).

It was the same when my furnace died last winter.  Even though it was 25 years old (well past the lifespan of a furnace these days), and needed repair, I took it for granted that I’d get at least one more winter out of it.  Not so – I was forced to deal with the expense of a new furnace a year earlier than I had planned.  And my dishwasher that died this summer – 15 years old – I hadn’t planned for that, and we’ve resorted to doing dishes by hand.

We do it with our cars, our phones, our 

computers, and even our bodies.  We take it for granted that things are just going to keep working…we never think that something is going to give out, even when it’s old, and therefore don’t think about or plan for repairing or replacing it.  And when that time comes, we typically experience great stress over the hassle and cost of repairs/replacement.  One solution is to build a capital replacement reserve in your cash flow plans.

Larger businesses have policies, systems, and processes to track their capital equipment, its expected life, replacement costs and annual operating costs.  They also build up reserve funds (capital replacement funds) so that when something breaks or dies, they are prepared – they have a process and the funds to deal with those “unexpected” break-downs.  And they have similar processes for when key employees “break-down”, by ensuring that at least one other staff member is properly trained to do the job and can step in if and when needed, at least in the short term.

So what are you taking for granted in your home or business?  And what policies, systems, and processes (including financial) can you put in place to give you peace of mind and to deal with “break-downs” with greater ease and grace when they happen?

If you need assistance with your cash flow plans, send me an email…let’s see how I can help 🙂


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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]

For more information on Linda’s upcoming programs and workshops, visit the Events page.

What’s love got to do with it?

Money represents so much more than money…it IS a relationship…which is the way you BE with Money.

And fear of money, really is a mindset…instilled in us from an early age in our childhood, and through societal, culture and political views.

Even the education system has taught us to get good grades, go to university, get a good job…otherwise you’ll struggle – instilling fear of lack, or a lack mentality.  When really, isn’t ANYTHING possible?

So what happens when we change our mindsets?  And when I talk about mindset, I’m really talking about heart-sets (did you know – our heart contains 40,000 neurons?  That means the heart has consciousness and can affect the way our brains process information and how energy flows through the body).  It’s one thing to think something, but it’s another to have that in your heart – you not only think it, you feel it. So, when you start thinking with your heart (adopt heart-sets), from a place of love, it changes the way you be.  Ever see the video showing the love-hate-ignore experiments on plants and water?  (No? – I highly recommend looking them up)

What’s love got to do with money?

Think about this mindset:  “I love what I do, but it’s not about the money!” 

I’ve heard this from a few people, and in fact have said it myself in what feels like a previous lifetime (but really was only 10 years ago).  What happens when we say it’s not about the money?  You’re really saying you don’t care about making money, and therefore energetically, money won’t flow to you. This can result in a lifetime of struggle – burning the candle at both ends trying to make ends meet, doing what you love…when suddenly, you no longer love what you do.  BUT, when you shift your thinking to Money being like a person, you suddenly shift how you think about Money, and you’ll want to create a relationship with it in order to have it around you.

Adopting new and empowering heart-sets become a catalyst for new behaviours and taking new actions – they jolt you out of your comfort zone and cause you to take a different action that is in alignment with your heart’s desire….Adopting empowering money mindsets create confidence and authenticity with how you make financial decisions, creating greater wealth, abundance and freedom…freedom to create even more of your heart’s desire. 

What would it be like if Money was your friend, your lover, your child, your customer (whom you love dearly)?  Would you be more compassion, caring and attentive to your Money?

Want to know more about improving your money relationship?  Check out our upcoming EVENTS.

 

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