Over the past number of weeks as I have been launching my new business, I have received a great deal of help from a large number of people…it turns out that whatever my need is, I seem to have someone in my network who says “I know how to do that…let me help you!” So I have spent a lot of time saying “thank you” to those people as they have helped me figure out one challenge after another, and it has been a humbling experience.
What I’ve noticed is that for the first 2 or 3 times that the same person solved a problem for me, I would take 2 or 3 sentences to say “thank you”, because I truly wanted them to know just how very appreciative I was! Then, after the 4th, 5th or 6th time, I found myself more likely just to tack “Thanks!” onto a text or email message…did they still know how incredibly grateful I was? How do we decide when it’s ok to “dial down” how much effort we go to, to express how much we value them? I’ve decided it’s better to drive them crazy with thankfulness, than risk them thinking I am taking them for granted