“The only people with whom you should try to get even with are those who have helped you.” ~ John E. Southard

Melissa’s Words of Wisdom

There are so many people in your life who have helped you out in one way or another.  Have you taken the time to express your appreciation and gratitude?   I don’t believe when you do good things for other people that you do it expecting something nice in return, however, you have to admit, when you do something gracious for someone and they express their appreciation and gratitude, that it feels wonderful.  It actually makes you want to do it over and over again.  Take 10 minutes today to think of 5 or more people that have helped you in the past that you have not had a chance to express your appreciation and gratitude to yet.  Write them a hand written note, call them, email them, take them out to lunch, etc.  Whatever it is, let them know that you appreciate them and their help.  Remember, nothing happens until we decide to take action!  Leave a comment below about what you’ll be taking action on today!  Happy Expressing Appreciation and Gratitude!

Get out your agenda/journal for today because

It’s time to A.C.T!

The A stands for ACTION.  What inspired action will you take today?
The C stands for CHANGE.  What purposeful change will you make today?
The T stands for TEACH.  What can you teach someone else today?

Write it out. Commit to it!  Take inspired action, make purposeful changes, and teach what you have come to know with someone else who could benefit from your wisdom!!  Nothing happens until you take ACTION!

It’s time to SHARE!

Please share with us what A.C.T.s you took today as well as hear from other readers?  I encourage you to leave your experiences/testimonials, comments, and additional thoughts below.

14 commets “Express Gratitude and Appreciation TODAY!

  1. Linda Ryan (Edit)

    I L-O-V-E this idea Melissa! And when I think of people who have helped me out in the past, YOU are at the top of that list! So, since I can’t take you out to lunch, how about if I just tell you right here how much you have helped me? Not only as my coach who helped me to discover my purpose and stay accountable, but as a friend and colleague who enthusiastically supports my work. THANK YOU MELISSA MALUEG!!! xoxoxo

  2. Danny Glover (Edit)

    Melissa, this is such a great reminder to express gratitude. Taking others for granted never increases your influence, but sincere, genuine expressions of gratitude do. They lay a welcome mat at the front door of continued relationships. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Jeni Hopp (Edit)

    I love this one!!! I was raised by two wonderful catholic parents who always taught us to do what is right all the time. I knew what the right thing was growing up, but often times found that when someone hurt me I focused on the negative. Your posts have taught me to focus on the positive and it is made such a difference in my life. Our Mary Kay unit all receive your daily Wow’s & your thoughts are in line with Mary Kay Ash’s philosphy all the time!! What a wonderful woman she was & it is so powerful to have you telling us exactly what Mary Kay’s legacy trains us on today!! Making others feel good about themselves everyday will change their life, your life & our world. I am going to follow your “homework” today & know I will be filled up at the end of my day today. Thank you for reminding us how to make a better life for ourselves & those we encounter in our daily lives!! Keep up the good work Melissa!!!!

  4. Melissa Malueg Author (Edit)

    Awe, thanks so much Linda! Your post brought a big ball of sunshine into my day! Thank You! And thank you for being YOU! You are such an amazing person inside and out and I am so grateful that we have become close over the years. You are a true gift! Lots of Love for you my friend! xo

  5. Heidi Endicott (Edit)

    Fantastic message!! I have noticed that the more gratitude I show to others, the more blessings arrive to me.

    And this was a great reminder to stay on track with it! Thanks Melissa!

  6. Melissa Malueg Author (Edit)

    Such a great post Jeni! I love love love the Mary Kay Ash philosophy! It’s amazing how much our life and those around us we can have a positive impact on when we are living and breathing this message. Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for letting me be a part of your daily reading! xo

  7. Melissa Malueg Author (Edit)

    Danny, so true!! It’s amazing what even a small amount of gratitude can do. If we set that intention daily, we can’t help but naturally gain a tremendous amount of influence! Thanks sor sharing Danny!

  8. Robb (Edit)

    Thanks for this one Melissa! Gratitude and appreciation combined, gives the highest vibration.
    You even don’t have to openly express it. You can do it in silence. Try it, try the feeling of it.
    I have to admit, I am usually too occupied with ‘things’ to pay attention to gratitude and appreciation.
    So thanks for the reminder, it much appreciated!

  9. Carol Perry (Edit)

    Melissa – WOW is right! And talk about timing….We actually covered this very idea in two meetings this week and had so much positive feedback. One of variations was also to go another step and reach out to 2 people we’d like to regularly invest time in this year and help them in their road to success with just a word of praise or a thought letting them know how much we care. Some of us revealed they are on a purposeful list of people to invest time in and others just reached out. Already having heartwarming results. Linda is so right…you have been such a blessing to so many and you make such an impact each and everyday. Grateful to know you…Now if I can just jump on a few more live calls!!!

  10. Brian Simpson (Edit)

    I definitely echo Linda’s comment, Melissa! You are up there at the top of my list, as well. I can’t thank you enough for both your coaching and your friendship. You really helped me blow the lid off my limiting beliefs shortly after we first met, and my self awareness skyrocketed. Through your easy-to-understand message of PURPOSE, PURPOSE, PURPOSE, and the books and audio programs you shared with me, you exposed me to a world within … and without … that I didn’t know existed. I’m extremely grateful!!! And I’m having so much fun watching your journey, both with Xtreme Results and these awesome redesigned Daily WOWs, and with your leadership role on the John Maxwell Team. You are a true rockstar, my friend! If your schedule allows it, I’ll be happy to take you to lunch soon. 🙂

  11. Melissa Malueg Author (Edit)

    Carol – WOW, what a great way to “pay it forward” and make a significant impact in the lives of those we believe in and see such great potential. It’s such a priceless gift, isn’t it! Love it!! Keep at it and thank you so much for sharing Carol! AND thank you for your kind words. I miss hearing your voice on the live calls!!

  12. Melissa Malueg Author (Edit)

    Brian – Wowza, I’m blushing over here! Thanks so much Brian for sharing a part of your transformation with me. You are a an amazing and brilliant person from the inside out and I cherish our friendship. It’s been a fun ride, hasn’t it! It’s been sooo sooo sooo awesome watching you grow by leaps and bounds. I have to say, it’s hard to recognize you from just a short 1.5yrs ago! … And one of these days I’ll be able to read a book as fast as you!! Thank you for everything you do and for who you ARE! Yes, let’s get lunch on the books!!

  13. Melissa Malueg Author (Edit)

    Rob B – YOU are “usually too occupied with ‘things’ to pay attention to gratitude and appreciation.” !!!??? I find that hard to believe!!! YOU are one of the people who I believe simply exudes gratitude and appreciation! Keep exuding my friend! 🙂

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