Episode 157 – How Being Grateful Helps Your Cleaning Business
Episode 157 Mike Campion
Can being thankful really affect your cleaning business? In today’s special podcast episode/ blog, Mike goes it alone and shares how giving thanks can help you and your cleaning business.
Mike starts with some interesting facts:
Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other people according to a study in 2012 published in Personality and Individual Differences.
Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret.- Robert A Emmons, PhD
Gratitude effectively increases happiness and decreases and reduces depression
2014 study published int he journal of applied sports psychology found that gratitude increases an athletes self-esteem
Other studies have shown that gratitude reduced social comparison
So many cleaning business owners compare their companies with their perceptions of other people’s cleaning companies. Their lives to what they THINK the other person’s life is like. That leads to resentment, reduced self esteem and decreases productivity
PRO TIP: Don’t Compare Your Cleaning Business “Behind the Scenes” to Someone Else’s Cleaning Companies “Highlight Reel”
According to HappierHuman.com gratitude boosts your productivity, increases your ability to make good decisions, even helps you attract mentors. All of these things make you a more effective manager and help you grow your cleaning business.
Remember, as the owner of your cleaning business, EVERYTHING you do sends a message. When you start your day with a black cloud of anxiety and resentment, that brings down everyone you come into contact with and contaminates your entire organization. Also, when you come in with an attitude of thanks and gratitude, think of the light that you are for vendors, customers and employees. Not only do you improve your cleaning company for the day, but you give them the opportunity to bring that thankfulness into their lives, businesses and families.
You have the opportunity to change lives for better or worse. You choose thanksgiving or resentment every day!
FUN FACT: Spending five minutes a day creating a gratitude journal can increase your overall well being by over 10%- the same impact as DOUBLING your income.
Once he shares all the facts and figures, Mike brings in the big guns with the Bible. Philippians 4:6 tells us to be anxious in nothing. To go to God with thanksgiving. And that a peace that transcends understanding will guard our hearts.
That is a heck of a command, AND a heck of a promise. The beauty of it is, you can be anxious or you can be grateful- but you can’t be both. Certainly not at the same time. Not only will a thankful/ grateful heart change your cleaning business, it will transform YOU.
Before he steps down from his soap box/pulpit, Mike shares some things he is thankful for and some things that we can all be thankful for- enjoy…
Did you know that if you are reading this on a computer or listening to it on your car or smartphone that your standard of living is far higher than the richest man to live just a couple of centuries ago? You have food from around the world at your fingertips. Chances are you won’t be killed by something that can now be cured with antibiotics. You can travel the world in a day. Ask any question and have the answer in seconds.
That’s all well and good for ancient history Mike, but what about today? I am still broke…
Did you make at least $1,500 last year? If so, you are in the top 20% of earners in the world (Money Possessions & Eternity )
If you have sufficient food, decent clothes, live in a house or apartment, and have a reasonably reliable means of transportation, you are among the top 15% of the world’s wealthy (Money Possessions & Eternity )
Earn more than $50,000 annually? You are in the top 1% of the world’s income earners. (The Hole in our Gospel)
More things to be thankful for:
A capitalist society where we can own our own cleaning business