Powerfact: When we take the time to acknowledge others, we give both them and ourselves a gift.
By Darryl Davis, CSP
We are getting a lot of snow in New York these days, and there is this guy (his name is Steve) that I hired to clean my sidewalk and driveway. He finally got to my place around 9 pm, and even though it was late, and he was by himself and had been doing this all day, he did such an incredible job. After he was done, I went out to pay him and we got to chatting and I got know a little more about him and his kids, and so on.
I went back inside and a short time later, I sent him a text. I said…
“Steve, thanks for doing such a great job, and having such a strong work ethic. Your children should be very proud of their dad. Thanks again.”
You might be asking, “Why did you take the time to do send him this supersized acknowledgement?”
What Supersizing Acknowledgement Does
Let me tell you this, gang: when we give someone acknowledgement for the slightest thing someone does, or for the slightest gift that someone gives, or this person does such a fantastic job on something and we acknowledge that, it does three things:
- You make somebody else feel good. In this day and age, making someone else feel good is a good thing and we need that more than ever. It takes very little effort, and it costs us nothing!
- You are creating a space to have that person be MORE of “that” in the future. You create the space for that person to live from that acknowledgement. How do you think Steve goes to his next job? Do you think he has even MORE of a great work ethic? MORE integrity? MORE of a willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty? Even on the small jobs, that person is now empowered to be more of “that”.
- It empowers you. It makes you feel like you have contributed to another human’s well-being. You have thrown a pebble into the lake and created the ripple effect of good vibes with others. It empowers you with the sense of giving power and knowing how, through your speaking, you can actually transform another person’s BEINGness.
This week, I’m giving you homework: Look for people who need that acknowledgement, even if it is for something small, and you will create that ripple effect in the world.
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