3 Ways To Always Beat the Holiday Crowds
Are you a patient person? You’ll have to be as you stand in lines this holiday season. But what else should you do to beat the crowds while you’re waiting?
Meet Someone New. Ask them about who they’re shopping for. They’ll be more than glad to tell you (in most cases). Ask the person you’re talking to about what they do. Maybe there’s some way you can help them do big(ger) things in 2016. And that’s what you’re all about, right? Helping other folk achieve their goals and dreams.
You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want. - Zig Ziglar
Embrace The Negativity. And offer a different, positive perspective. This is another way to help folk. Even if/when they don’t know they’re being helped. Some will dig it and some won’t. It’s all good. But it’s time for you to stop agreeing with folk and the negative Debbie/Danny Downer stuff they say just to be nice. Especially if you’re a Christian. You already know...“You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matt. 5.14,16.
Celebrate Thanksgiving. I know it just passed and your leftovers are still fresh, but shouldn’t you be in a mode of thankfulness at all times? We’ve already got enough folk in beast mode. What we need is more folk in thankfulness mode! Can I get a witness?! Whether you’re out there buying stuff or just out enjoying the season and the crowds, be thankful. As Maxwell Smart from the TV show Get Smart used to say, “It’s the old attitude of gratitude trick.” Except it’s not a trick. It’s a treat (see what I did there?). Be thankful and show it. Express it. In your attitude. Shoot, some of you brave folk will express your gratitude to strangers. Hahaha!
In fact, here’s a challenge for you.
Verbally express your gratitude to someone you don’t know this weekend. In the midst of your conversations, you’ll have the opportunity. But you know what? Even if you don’t, bring it up anyway. You can do it in a couple of ways:
“Hi my name is (insert your name). How are you? What’s your name? It’s nice to meet you, (insert their name). Well (insert their name), I just want you to know that I’m grateful for (insert who/what you’re grateful for), because (insert reason for gratefulness). Who/What are you grateful for?”
If you really wanna get ‘em, tell ‘em that you’re thankful for them and tell ‘em why! Like this…
“Hi. I just want to tell you that I’m thankful for you, because God has blessed you to be able to come out here and shop/work and I get the privilege to talk to you. I appreciate you. Make it a great day!”
Now you’re all set to go and beat the crowds.
And isn’t that what this season and life is all about?
I'd love to hear about what you're grateful for. Throughout this holiday season - and beyond if your dare! - I'd also love to know how your expressions of gratitude went. Let me know in the comments section below.
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