Imagine you are giving an acceptance speech for a major award, like the Oscars. Who would you thank? God? Your Mom? Your agent? Would the press write articles about how your hard work allowed you to overcome some struggle in your life to reach this pinnacle?
If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. It is a familiar script on how we tell our stories about becoming successful (hard work) and who, if anyone, we have to thank for it (the usual suspects).
Now check out Kevin Durant’s MVP speech. You’ll be tempted to think that you don’t have time to watch it right now. Avoid that temptation. You’ll be happy you watched the whole thing.
He says towards the end, “I don’t know about you, but when something good happens…I tend to look back at what brought me here.”
You don’t need a national stage to tell those in your world that you’re thankful for them.
Take a few minutes today to think of five people who “brought you here.” Give them a call, send a text or an email, walk across the hall. And say thanks.
As a bonus, research shows that when we express gratitude to others, we feel better about ourselves too.
Read more about the power of SAYING THANKS.