Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 4 of the Virtual Blog Tour for Mike O’Mary, Creator of The Note Project. The Note Project is a free, global movement aiming to make the world a million times better by inspiring 1 million people to write a note of appreciation to someone who made a difference in their lives.
Yesterday, Mike visited Lola Fayemi at http://www.alignedandthriving.com/love/the-note-project/ where they talked about his aim for the project, engaging people to write a note, appreciating the departed and how appreciating can change your life.
Today, I’d like to share with you a recent interview I had with Mike when I got to ask him some questions on the value of appreciation, making it a daily practice, what the note project is/how it got started and what to do for those who don’t feel appreciated. I hope you enjoy it.
Paula Tarrant: Mike, you have a wonderful story about discovering the value of appreciation and the impact it can have to transform lives. Can you tell our readers about that?
Mike O’Mary: It all started with a note I received from my youngest sister several years ago. When we were little, our parents divorced, and my brothers and sisters were put in an orphanage. I moved away to live with my dad, but I visited my siblings whenever I could, and I always tried to do something special on those visits. I never knew what my brothers and sisters thought of me and my visits, but then years later, I received a note from my youngest sister thanking me for one of those visits.
She thanked me for a time when I came home one Christmas Eve. My brothers and sisters were at my mother’s, and they didn’t have a Christmas tree yet. So I took my sister, Sharon, and we went out and got one. She told me in her note that it was the first time she ever got to pick out a tree. She doesn’t remember many details…just holding my hand and picking out a tree and bringing it home. She said she thinks of that first Christmas tree every year now when she goes to get a tree with her family. It’s one of her favorite memories.
That note healed years of self-doubt for me, and it served as a wake-up call for me. It prompted me to see that I was not a very appreciative person. So I began to focus on what I appreciate about the people around me – and when you start looking at the world that way, you find what you are looking for. You will attract positive people to you, and your ability to appreciate the good in other people will bring out the best in people. Over time, you will find yourself surrounded by people who are doing good and meaningful things with their lives, and helping others do the same. Those are the kind of people you want to be around.
Paula Tarrant: What can we do to make appreciation of others a part of our daily lives?
Mike O’Mary: I think it starts with being aware of the people and things in your life that you appreciate. When I teach workshops, we always take a few minutes to reflect on people who have had a positive impact on you throughout your life. You are probably surrounded by people, past and present, who have helped you in some way. Just be aware of it. Then act on that feeling of appreciation. A handwritten note is ideal, but there are many ways to share appreciation – tell the person face-to-face, over the phone, with an e-mail or e-card, or even a text or a tweet! The main thing is to let them know how you feel. The more you do it, the easier it gets. And you’ll see and feel the results. The people around you will feel great because they will feel appreciated, and you’ll feel great because you are looking at the world differently, enriching the lives of others and letting those positive feelings out into the world.
Paula Tarrant: What is the Note Project, and how did it get started?
Mike O’Mary: After I received the note from my sister, I found myself rereading it many times. Then one day I realized I should share my sister’s note and the message about the importance of sharing appreciation. I told the story in a newspaper article, then in a book, and now through the Note Project. The message is straightforward: I can tell you first hand that receiving a simple note of appreciation can change a person’s life. Equally important, writing a note of appreciation can change your life.
Paula Tarrant: We all want to feel appreciated. What can you say to our readers who don’t feel appreciated by others?
Mike O’Mary: The first thing I would say is that while appreciation is wonderful; don’t rely on the opinion of others. Start by appreciating yourself. Everything flows from there.
The other thing I would say is that if you aren’t feeling appreciation in your life, maybe you should get the ball rolling and start sharing appreciation with others. It’s a little like parties… sometimes you don’t get invited to them unless you throw a few yourself.
I hope you enjoyed this interview with Mike O’Mary and that you’ll check out The Note Project at http://noteproject.com/launch/pages/ekit.html
When you buy the special Note Project starter eKit for only $1, you can ALSO receive a complete library of beautiful personal development gifts from authors, speakers, coaches and other professionals from around the globe including one from me…
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Read about these free gifts, go to: http://noteproject.com/launch/pages/ekit.html
HELP SUPPORT LITERACY
The idea of the Note Project is already pretty inspiring, but to make it even more impactful, a portion of all proceeds from sales on the site goes to international charities that support literacy throughout the world.
Thanks for reading! As usual, please feel free to share your comments and thoughts below. I love reading your feedback.
AND… be sure to follow Mike tomorrow when the next stop on the Virtual Blog Tour is Lynn Serafinn who will be interviewing Mike via her blogtalk radio show and sharing the podcast. To visit that “stop” on the tour, go to http://tiny.ly/TWYa