I am so thankful for the life I have.
This holiday is one that always makes me very reflective.
And it got me thinking about the origins of Thanksgiving that many of us take for granted.
(Like so many things we enjoy every day.)
It turns out that even though George Washington called for a national day of thanks in 1789, it wasn’t made official until 1863.
A writer and editor, New Hampshire-born Sarah Josepha Hale, campaigned by sending countless letters over 36 years to make Thanksgiving an official holiday.
I want you to seriously think about that.
Thirty-six years of letters.
Have you ever cared about anything that much?
What would make you care that much?
When would you have given up?
After one letter? One year of letters? Ten years?
This made me think about us and our businesses. (Doesn’t EVERYTHING make me think about business? ;) )
When do we give up and when do we keep pushing at the boundaries?
Whether it’s for sales or opportunities or your rates…some things are worth it.
And today, we can be thankful for those people in the past who kept at fighting until things got done. (Not just in business, in so many areas)
Now I want to say, “Thank you.”
This has been the best year ever in so many ways.
I track two things regularly – sales and collected revenue – and both have been the highest ever.
I have had the most inspiring clients ever (that’s you!)
I have had more fun speaking engagements and traveled more this year than ever before.
And, I have taken more time to do the things I love and to be with the people that matter most to me (that is also you!)
None of that would be possible if I didn’t have such amazing clients, peers, colleagues, friends, family, teams, and leaders. (Yup, still you!)
I am grateful for all of you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you for being you and for being part of my world.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!