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When starting a business we have all kinds of ideas about what we want our business to look like. We usually look to those who came before us and hope to get to their level and beyond. We think about the money we will make when we become succesful. We sometimes lost sight of the purpose of our business: helping others. As business owners we have an answer to a problem or a fulfillment of a need or want.
In business and life we should strive to use what we were created to do to help others. We can fulfill the needs and wants of others if we take the steps to use our gift that God has given us and to be brave. In today’s world we don’t need to be a “Jack of all trades, master of none.” We can narrow our focus on the things we are passionate about and do well in our business. We can master our best skills and hire others to do the other work. This allows us to help more people and have a greater reach.
You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want
– Zig Ziglar
Helping others should not just be about making money from them. We want to provide great service and a wonderful experience to all. We can provide help at different levels from free offers to top paying clients. The person to whom you provide valuable content today for free can become a well paying client in the future because you showed them your value. If everybody had to pay you to get something from you, your reach would be limited.
People are appreciative when you help them. They want to repay the favor to help you and others. Great businesses and lives are built out of helping others get what they want. Sometimes they don’t even know what they want until you show them.
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When you go to work, are you excited and ready to work or are you dragging and wishing it was the weekend? Do you start off doing the most important task or do you slowly work just enough to get something done? Do you look at the clock and think where has the day gone? or do you look to see if it’s time to go yet? How we view our work can be determined by how much appreciation we feel we get.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
You love the work you do but feel your boss doesn’t appreciate you and what you do. You work hard and all you get is more work. People in the company slack off, so your boss comes to you to help get things done. When you make a mistake or your performance is not your norm, you feel attacked by your boss because she is quick to react. This negativity can beat you down and quickly deplete your emotions.
We should never allow anyone to control our emotions, but that is easier said than done. We try to stay positive and not let it get to us, but it can be difficult because most of us spend a large part of our time working. Zig Ziglar talked about responding vs reacting to situations and how that can affect our attitudes in life. If you react to the lack of appreciation, you will build stress and negativity. You could lose your job because of something you say or do. If you respond, you can make the best of the situation.
Ways to respond to lack of appreciation:
- Talk to your boss. He may not realize how he is treating you. Build a relationship with him.
- Show genuine appreciation to others and help create an environment of appreciation.
- Present your company with ways to make people feel appreciated.
Think of how your work could change if you felt appreciated. You would find a whole new level of love for work, and it would be one less thing beating you down. The change could affect the whole company and create an environment where people want to be. You could reignite that love and passion you have for the work you do.
Sometimes your company and boss just don’t care enough about their employees to change. If you find yourself in this situation, consider looking for a new company to work for or becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business. If you are looking for guidance I would love to be a resource for you and connect with you.