It has been said that gratitude is one of the strongest human emotions. If someone has shown you gratitude or expressed their sincerest thanks, you know exactly how powerful of an emotion that is.
And even if there was no display of gratitude, it is also equally as powerful to know that we have done something for others or for ourselves that no one else knew about, and we experienced that gratifying feeling of accomplishment.
Gratitude is powerful, gratitude is a game-changer. Let me share the scenario and set the stage for an amazing event that I was blessed enough to observe firsthand.
There was a venue of about 6,000 people. They had assembled for a conference that took place over a few days. On the last day there were a couple of extremely well-known speakers at the event. They each gave inspiring and motivating speeches on their own before coming together on the stage to answer questions from the audience.
Many of the questions were answered with analogies and stories from the speaker’s own life lessons. It was an open mic situation, and people were lined up around the stage.
One of the attendees approached the microphone and started to formulate his question. He first gave compliments to the two speakers, recognizing them for their contributions that their teachings had made in his own life. But then he welled up with tears as he asked his question.
“By listening to both of you over the years and reading your books and applying your teachings, I have become very successful, and I am always motivated and positive. But I have a son who is just so negative, so pessimistic, and he isn’t getting excited about anything. What advice do you have?”
You could have heard a pin drop…
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Written by Michael “Go-To” Norton, XINNIX President, former CEO and Founder at Tramazing, former President of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, and former Executive Vice President of Sandler Corporate Training, Michael Norton has helped companies accelerate their growth by elevating their talent through learning and development programs.
Michael has had the pleasure of working with world-class companies such as Siemens Healthcare, WebMD, 7-Up, Cardinal Health, Cemex, Boral, HPE, Indeed, Lonza, KONE, Evonik, Quest Software, Dell, Anixter, and many more. for 30+ years he has developed, written, delivered, reinforced, and sold sales and sales management training programs that deliver real ROI while fitting into a company’s culture, processes, daily sales workflow, and budget.