I didn’t believe it, either. There’s always a catch. I mean, come on, I’m the one who shares memes about hard work and perseverance being keys success!
Which is why I was so surprised at the impact of this simple resolution. I committed to it right after my Christmas vacation, and have been easily sticking to it for 11 days now (seriously, this is huge for someone who is so easily distracted). In fact, I look forward to it and must restrain myself from doing too much of it (if that’s even possible). It has infused my work with new energy. It has made me more optimistic. And it’s a perfect fit for my introverted style, but works equally well for extroverts.
What is this magic resolution?
To be more connected to others by offering a genuine, personal expression of joy, love, inspiration, or gratitude to at least one person each day.
Everybody counts. Family. Friends. Networks. Clients. Prospective clients. People I’ve lost touch with. Those who are hurting. Someone who needs a boost.
As an introvert, I have chosen to formally act on this resolution by snail-mailing one greeting card per day to someone who has made a difference in my life or touched me in some way. My hope is that when recipients open those personal pieces of mail, they will know that someone is paying attention to their story, and that it matters.
To keep myself on track, I will post pictures of each card on my blog, with brief descriptions of why I sent them. Here’s what I’ve sent so far this year:
This is the first time I’ve ever been confident that I will keep my new year’s resolution. After all, I’m having a blast, so why wouldn’t I?
Want to see how I do and get inspiration for your own personal connections? You can follow my blog, or my company pages on LinkedIn and Facebook.
Have your own story for connecting? Please share in the comments! And may your new year be filled with people who remind you of the value you add to their lives.