As is my tradition in November, I am dedicating this piece to gratitude. We live in a world that is so fast-paced and busy time is seldom taken to truly and deeply express gratitude. I am not talking about a polite thank you. I am speaking here about something deeper, something that you take the time to feel AND express. It takes courage to be open enough to let people know that you are grateful. Our entire culture, from advertising to therapy, is designed to convince you that it is all about YOU. Let me be clear: it is NOT all about you. I want you to take a look at your life this month and ask yourself a simple yet powerful question: Are you deeply grateful and are you mindful enough about it to experience that gratitude and express it? Do not let another day pass without a profound commitment to feeling and expressing it.

What do you think the world would be like if each of us committed to recognize one person every day? As the season of Thanksgiving approaches, I have a challenge for you. The challenge is a lifelong commitment to recognition and gratitude. As some of you know I created a club a few years back called the ROPED club.

I am inviting you to join. It is free of fees but not free of responsibility. ROPED stands for Recognize One Person Every Day. If you want to join, here are the rules: You MUST purposefully recognize one person every day for the rest of your life. It can be anywhere at any time; just committing to recognize one person every day is the goal. That’s it! It is that simple! Our world is so fast and busy that seldom do people receive recognition. What is purposeful recognition?

Purposeful recognition is:

1. Specific – be certain that the recognition is about something they did.
2. Appreciative – Be clear that it mattered to you!
3. Personal – Do it face to face whenever possible!
4. Immediate – Don’t wait! Do it as soon as possible!

If you would like to join the ROPED Club, send an email to and tell me you are committed to recognizing one person every day!

I am on a mission……join me!


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