2009 is at an end and it’s time to start looking to 2010 and self-improvement goals.
Last year’s goal was to get in touch (and keep in touch) with people. I feel I accomplished that thanks to help from friends, colleagues, and technology.
This year’s goal is to remember to say “Thank You”. It sounds simple, yet I’ve noticed (usually after the fact) that I skipped over it in lieu of something else. I was at karate doing warm-ups and someone said “Chuck, you certainly have gotten more flexible over the years.” Rather than saying “Thanks” I responded (lightly and rather off-handed) “yeah, but I still can’t do a straddle stretch to save my life.”
It was only later that I realized an opportunity to show appreciate had gone and I didn’t like how I felt about it. It hints at an underlying problem – of which I cannot think of any.
This year’s goal is to really listen for compliments and say “thank you” as a more common response.