ou probably have heard of positive affirmations before and how they work. Although the concept of saying thank you and being thankful is a bit different compared to the positive affirmations, the basic principle is very similar. It is all about learning how to appreciate the positive things and put out positive energy instead of negative thoughts.
Interestingly enough, there are actually many studies that showcase the importance of being thankful. Basically, what they show is that when you are constantly feeding negative affirmations into your brain, your body might actually follow the same line of thought.
But saying thank you is much more than just that. Being thankful allows you to focus on the positive side of things, instead of spreading negativity. Nothing grows in a negative field except for more negativity. And so, by just saying thank you for things more often, you can attract those feelings to your life.
You might even be surprised by how much saying thank you can help your career in the long run as well.
1). Gratitude and self-esteem
Although this connection might have blurred lines for you, she is as clear as water. Saying sorry all the time shows a lack of confidence. It shows that you are stepping on eggs and being extra careful, which comes from a place of insecurity.
Also, while constantly saying sorry we are almost begging for some sort of reassurance. We are waiting for the person in question to let us know that it is okay, and this can be quite tiring for the other party as well. Nobody likes someone who apologizes all the time.
In an interview/business setting, this is even more important. Saying thank you when leaving people or when someone does something for you to showcase a high level of politeness and kindness, which is valuable for those wanting to work with you.
More often than not we might even think that saying sorry would be the best choice for these situations. Since it would show that you treat everyone as equals and appreciate their time and effort. However, when you convey these feelings by using negative words such as sorry, you are also putting yourself in a submissive position. By saying thank you, you are showcasing gratitude while also recognizing the importance of not only their time but yours as well.
All and all, saying thank you simply help you demonstrate a position of kindness without showcasing weakness. It also makes those on the receiving part of the conversation feeling appreciated. Overall, being thankful is good for everyone. Not only for you as a thankful person, but for those around you as well.
2). Creating a positive environment for everyone
By saying thank you more often, you are creating a positive environment for yourself. Not only that, you are encouraging those around you to do the same. When in a meeting, notice that while you say thank you and express your gratitude to others, they will often start to demonstrate the same feeling as well.
Being so, this creates a habit that allows people to display their gratitude more often without any fear. This will help you become a better and more confident person, and will also bring those around you with you on this journey.
By refusing to say sorry all the time, you are refusing to let the idea that you are bothering people all the time and that they are doing you favors by being in your presence or giving you the time of their day. You are putting your worth just as high as theirs, which will also help boost your confidence.
Although being grateful isn’t about being better than anyone else, saying thank you more often definitely comes from a place of confidence and awareness.
3). Stop Apologizing for who you are
We have this habit of apologizing to people even when we never did anything wrong. We apologize because our hair is a certain way or our outfits aren’t perfectly ironed. You might even apologize for taking their time or speaking to low. We are often saying worrying about things that are not under our control as well.
If raining, we say sorry because you had to maintain a meeting even during the bad weather. It is too sunny, you apologize because it is too hot. The apology syndrome also extends even to who we are as a person. And that’s when we know we must change.
Instead of saying sorry for making them walk in the rain, say thank you for their effort to attend this meeting. Also, say thank you when someone listens to your plans and aspirations about the future instead of apologizing because you spoke too much.
Practice the habit of saying thank you to express your gratitude instead of saying sorry. And whatever you say, mean it. Keep your sorrows for situations that are actually needed. You don’t need to use them more often than needed. But gratitude, yes… the more the better.
Unlike sorry, there is no limit to our gratitude. And the more we give, the more we receive. The more we say thank you, the more confident we become. We are not apologizing anymore for being who we are and doing what we want. Instead, you will thank people who have decided to follow you on this journey.
Key Take Away…
To me, it is quite impressive how we managed to make apologies almost like a routine and something we say out of habit. Being sorry about certain situations should never simply be a force of habit for you. Replace this with the habit of saying thank you instead. This will help you not only as a person but also as an entrepreneur, a business owner or a freelance.
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