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While we are waking up to a day focused on giving thanks, I thought it would be good to see where the day originated. It seems that the purpose of the day dates back to George Washington in October of 1789.

“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.“

Now I have to be honest, one of the areas that I struggle with centers around expressing thanks to those around me. It is not because of a lack of appreciation but centers more around time management. To honestly provide appreciation requires time. It requires time to be sincere and show your team that you are thankful for their dedication and the intricate role they fill.

For a long time, I failed to schedule the time to express thanks. I felt that if I had to schedule it then it would be insincere. So giving thanks never made it to my schedule, so it never happened.

The solution seems quite simple doesn’t it? Just place on your schedule a time to offer thanks to those that need to hear appreciation from you, their leader. After all, it was important enough for our first president to make a recommendation for the entire country only after being in office for less than six months, it should be just as important for you as a leader to do for your team.

This week’s experiment is totally focused on being thankful. Express your appreciation to your team and those around you. Place it on your schedule and make a habit out of it. You never know, it could spread and your entire team could become thankful.