I Declare October as "Meaningful Connections" Month...
When was the last time someone connected with you? No, not to solicit business or one of those so-called "follow up" calls after a networking event that ends up being a meaningless call or vague pitch of their services.
What I'm talking about is a true meaningful connection. You know, when someone reaches out and in a meaningful way somehow touches us - perhaps to offer help, show gratitude or appreciation, compliment us, makes a valuable introduction, or offers a referral.
I have a personal confession... I've often thought of someone in a kind way, with all the best intentions of connecting, but it's usually late at night, or I'm driving or just heading into an appointment or some other valid reason that prevents me from making the connection right then. I plan to get back to it... but the moment of inspiration has passed and it unfortunately remains as a good intention but doesn't get done.
How sad is that! Why is keeping in touch such a challenge! And then as time passes by and the moment is missed, eventually it feels weird to even connect anymore. Like that thank you note that you wanted to send - but then it just seemed too late?
They say it takes 21 days to forge a new habit so I'm taking this to task. I've decided that I want to build the habit of nurturing meaningful connections by reaching out to someone every business day in October.
I've often called myself a "lone wolf" and I'm not really a big socializer so this is a bit of a stretch for me.
But I've decided to really go for it.
My declaration is that every day, or at least every weekday in October, I'll write a personal note to someone and mail it to them. It's such a little gesture, but in this age of emails and text messages, personal notes have become rare.
And that's exactly why gestures like sending notes are meaningful. Personal notes stand out in a mailbox full of bills and junk mail, hopefully brightening the recipient's day!
Yesterday I picked out some great cards. So today, I'll write the first note and mail it...
On Tuesday, I'll write another one, to a different person. And so on...
And hopefully, come November, making meaningful connections by writing cards of thanks, recognition, appreciation or a simple "I was thinking of you" will become regular part of my life.
How often do you reach out to connect with the people in your life?
If my plan of reaching out inspires you to do the same, please join me during October, which I'm declaring as "Make Meaningful Connections" Month.
I invite you post a comment below and let me know what you think. Perhaps you'll join me in this challenge and send a note, either through Sendoutcards or the "old-fashioned" way? Who do you want to connect with?
I'll keep you posted on my progress, so be sure to watch for updates. It'll be a way to keep me on track - an accountability program of sorts...
And now to get started... day 1.