Starting A ‘Thank You Revolution’

This post is part of a new series called “Shock the Status Quo.”

In a lesson to entrepreneurs, author and radio show host Dave Ramsey said the last time many of us ever received an ovation was at our high school graduation.

That’s kind of sad. But it’s true. Thank you cards, thank you notes, revolution

Dave was teaching on recognition in that lesson, and encouraging a group of business leaders to seek out opportunities to recognize team members on the spot. It’s powerful.

It shocks the status quo.

But this post isn’t about doing what Dave said. It’s instead about something related.

The power of “thank you.”

‘Thank you Revolution’

My friend Matt McWilliams is leading a soft revolution.

What started as a single blog post blossomed into a full-on war to inspire people to give hand-written, thank-you notes.

Why is he doing this?

To shock the status quo.

In his words, “Two words not said enough, by bosses, by spouses, by friends, or by strangers on the street. We can change that.”

You see Matt understands that people are busy. They get into routines and focused on tasks.

As a result, we simply never think to say “thank you” or we never make time. Perhaps we even feel a little awkward about it.

His Mission Is Your’s

Regardless, Matt’s mission, which I fully signed onto, is to inspire people to be intentional about improving their relationships by not just saying “thank you,” but writing it down in a note – a rare thing nowadays.

We’ve probably all heard now that we’re all using electrons to communicate, a hand-written note is powerful.

And I’d say it’s safe to say most of us value our relationships.

If so, what’s stopping us from doing this?

What’s Stopping Us?

What’s stopping us from taking 1-2 minutes to tell our spouse, co-worker, boss, pastor, friend or even a stranger who held the door for one of us “thank you” in writing.

I can tell you from experience it works. It totally shocks the status quo for you, the person on the receiving end, and interestingly enough, it’s paid forward and shocks the status quo in other people’s lives.

I encourage you to suit up and do this. If you feel vulnerable and uncomfortable doing it, I encourage you to muster the strength and try it just once with someone you fully trust.

Your weaponry consists of a pen, piece of paper and the ability to care.

You can read more about the revolution and get Matt’s FREE e-book called The Power of Gratitude at his blog here.

Question: When’s the last time you received a hand-written, thank you note? How did it impact you?

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Shock The Status Quo. A New Blog Series!

For must of us, I think it’s safe to say we establish a routine and we stick with it for a long time.

At the beginning, we make conscious decisions about individual parts of a routine, but before long, we’re just doing. Doing subconsciously.

Before we know it, months have passed.

Courtesy of Filter Forge on Flickr Creative Commons.

Courtesy of Filter Forge on Flickr Creative Commons.

The truth is there’s comfort in a nice routine, but there are also downsides. Downsides for us personally, for our relationships and for our leadership.

While I’ve not written much here in quite some time, I intend to change that and start a new series called, “Shock the Status Quo.”

It’s all about examining life, determining what needs to change, and being intentional about making change happen.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect in this series.

– How a friend of mine shocked the status quo by starting a note-writing campaign called “Thank You Revolution”;

– How I led a team from “I hate my job” to “I love my job”;

– How developing a personal mission statement and goal setting will put your life on hyper-drive;

– More tips to shock your own status quo.

– And what the Bible has to say about it all.

I hope you enjoy this series, participate in comments section below, and tell others about it.

Question: How has being intentional about making a specific change improved your life?