The Super-Trooper Award
During the summer of 1993 (just after my Freshman year of college), I served as a camp counselor in Northern Michigan. I had a blast that summer serving God, doing ministry with about 50 other college students, and ministering to Jr. & Sr. high campers. But one of the most memorable experiences was the day I received the Super-Trooper award.
Each Saturday morning, after the campers left to go home, the entire staff got together to process the week. On this particular week, I was recognized for doing my job, nothing more. From what I remember, it involved caring for a camper even when it wasn’t easy or convenient for me to do so. But, I vividly remember the feeling of being recognized and the energy I had for the week ahead.
This recognition made me feel noticed and appreciated.
I felt like I could go on and serve with excellence.
According to one HBR study, only 2% of managers believe that appreciation doesn’t do much. That means that 98% believe that appreciation of others actually moves the needle of performance in the workplace. I think it moves the needle in marriages and parenting as well.
Think About It
- Who in your life could use a “THANK YOU” today?
- Who in your life could use an “I appreciate you, and I’m thankful you’re part of our team.” today?
- Who in your life could use a word of affirmation from you?
Skills to Learn To Say Thank You
Send an Encouragement Card – send a card to someone you know who is working hard behind the scenes. Let them know you notice.
Make a Phone Call – Scroll through your contacts and phone a friend, let them know you are thankful to have them on your team.
Give Praise – Positively, call someone out for doing exceptional work (maybe your child, your spouse, or a co-worker).
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Day 6, December 11, 2021