Thanksgiving Reflections & Tips

Updated: Nov 22, 2021


Aren’t we lucky to have a day set aside to be positive? Thanksgiving is the perfect day for us to make a list of what we are grateful for.


With 2020 in the rearview mirror as a distant memory, we are forging ahead making life remarkable for ourselves and the people around us. The three things I am most grateful for are: (1) a thriving business designed to make people happier and grateful; (2) the people who surround and support me in my quest and who I, in turn, can support in their quests; and (3) the struggles that test us constantly, challenge our character, and give us the spice of life to talk about.


I suggest you can make your list of three things for which you are grateful. You might incorporate those into your “speech” you could give this Thanksgiving. Remember talking in 3s helps organize your thoughts, deliver a clear and powerful message, and reminds you to finish and let others speak.


Gratitude in the Workplace

Being thankful and expressing that thanks is an essential part of maintaining our own happiness as well as the happy relationships with those around us. We are often quick to thank those in our personal lives, but are we remembering to express our gratitude in the workplace? Scientific studies have repeatedly and consistently supported this practice as an essential part of creating a happy and productive work environment. One such experiment by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania found that among employees who call alumni to raise money for the school, the group that received a speech of encouragement and thanks raised 50% more than the group that was not thanked for their work.


Thanksgiving offers you a special opportunity to share your gratitude in the workplace. Try taking some time to write personal thank you notes to employees, coworkers, and clients—remembering that quality is more important than quantity.


Thanksgiving Delegation Formula

Thanksgiving Delegation

Now that you’ve decided how you’re going to share the spirit of Thanksgiving in the workplace, you can tackle the great Thanksgiving beast… wait I mean feast. Preparing such a large meal for your loved ones is not something to improvise on the spot. So I’ve adapted some of my business delegation tips to help ease you through all of that cooking. Remember, many hands make light work!


Give Inspiring Speeches

Here we are at the Thanksgiving table: you’ve thanked the important people in your workplace, the Thanksgiving feast preparation has been expertly delegated, and the meal is in front of everyone. Now it is time to thank the people in your personal life for all of their love and support.


Thanksgiving Speech Tips

1. What makes this family remarkable?

2. How does each person at the table contribute to the success of the family?

3. What do we see as the future success of the family?

4. Wrap up with an inspirational line.


If need help with your Thanksgiving speech, let me know. You can email me at doug@wildersuccess.com and I will be happy to give you a hand!


Here is my Thanksgiving speech:

(1) Deeply inculcated in the Wilder DNA is the drive to be remarkable.

(2) For instance, Dot was an amazing jazz singer, and I love making people happy in business. It is clear that each of our children, Oliver, Ben, Emily, and Stephy, have put his or her talents into making the world a better place. And our grandchildren have not yet found their niche, but they are already making their grandparents proud.

(3) Who knows what the future holds, but the Wilder footprint, our legacy, will long endure.

(4) So, as you feed your face with this feast, know that you are nourishing your DNA; go forth and be remarkable!


Thanksgiving provides us with such an amazing opportunity to feed our stomachs and our hearts. Sharing our thanks to the people who make each day a little brighter; whether that is our wives, husbands, managers, coworkers, children, parents, clients, or partners. Just remember to pass around the gratitude each day with the same ease that you’ll be passing around rolls this Thanksgiving.


Cheers!

Doug

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