Over the last couple of days, I heard that Christine wasn’t feeling very well and a number of friends, myself included, had rallied round to help and produce a number of posts for her. Thankfully, she tells me that she is getting back to full fitness and will be back in full swing here sooner than later.
I normally blog across at www.adrianswinscoe.com where I talk about customer centric ways of growing your business that spans ways of standing out in the face of your competition, word of mouth marketing, what sort of team you need to deliver that type of business and what sort of leader you need to be to build that type of company.
My plans for posting this Monday were going to be centred around the Blue Monday theme. That is not the New Order song but a movement, called BlueMonday.org, that aims to brighten up this very Monday, which is reportedly one of the most depressing of the year. It was an idea prompted by Matthew Needham at BigRedTomatoCompany and was going to be supported by El at Heaven and El, Ben at The Ben Lumley, Karen at AMeaningfulExistence, Christine and myself.
This year there does seem to be some confusion about what day Blue Monday actually falls on as and some newspapers featured articles on 17th, Bluemonday.org refers to 24th January and wikipedia reports both days.
That got me to thinking about Christine, Blue Monday and what I should write, particularly to fit in with the themes that Christine explores here on her blog.
Then I thought I’d just tell you this story and ask you to do one thing:
Add a little sunshine into someone’s life today, this day, that is called Blue Monday.
What do I mean?
- Buy someone a coffee or a cake.
- Rather than just walking past and saying Hi to someone or a work colleague that you pass every day, why not stop and spend a few minutes finding about them and how they are.
- Help someone out.
- Give someone a lift.
- Lend someone your umbrella.
- Leave an extra big tip.
- Call a customer to say thank you. Even better…send them some flowers or something.
- Tell someone that you think they are great.
- Give someone a hug.
- Smile at a stranger
- Give someone your seat on the train or the bus
Adding a little bit of sunshine into some else’s life today or any other day is a great thing to do. Why? For one, it will make them feel good and, secondly, I’ll bet you’ll feel pretty good about yourself and their reaction. And if everyone did it…..Blue Monday syndrome solved!
But there’s more. If you do it at work or at home or in your social circles or to random people you meet, I’ll bet some amazing things will happen, particularly at work. I think building better relationships with people is fundamental to a better business and a better life. Now, I’m not talking about being all nice and fluffy all of the time but rather that if we were to take responsibility to add a little sunshine into someone else’s life it’s a great way to build better teams, businesses, relations with customers, our communities, friends and families.
Doing this post for Christine was my way, I hope, of adding a little sunshine here on Blue Monday.
Did I succeed?
Thanks to skyseeker for the image.
Adrian Swinscoe is a consultant from the UK who writes about customer-focused business growth at Ideas for Business Growth. He has a strong belief that building better relationships with your people and customers can deliver sustainable growth. Why not connect with him on Twitter @adrianswinscoe, LinkedIn or if you liked this article then why not subscribe to his RSS Feed?