Goodbye 2014 and hello to magnificent opportunities in 2015.
Every year I spend the last two weeks of December really thinking about the previous 11 and a half months and what I want to happen for the next 12 months. Tonight, January 1, is the last night of my remembrance of the 7 principles of Kwanzaa. Tonight’s ceremony was about “Imani” or Faith. Faith in action.
I must tell you that it’s always a difficult time. Not because it’s hard to do. Not because I can’t do it. It is always difficult because it is hard to do the soul-searching required to get the value out of the exercise without someone else helping guide you along the way. It is for that reason that I so cherish my friends and confidants. Additionally, it is always why I engage a coach so that I have someone who is skilled at helping me think through my own stuff and design my way of getting to what I want.
So I start my post with a story about giving. There’s an old saying
“You can’t teach a hungry man to fish until first you teach him how to fish.” What’s amazing about this particular quote is that for many there’s a lot of judgment that goes on around the act of giving.”
Consequently we give based on our own set of values and beliefs concerning another person’s worthiness to receive. Values like
- Am I getting scammed or is the request legitimate?
- Will you really learn or benefit from the act of giving?
- Will you use it wisely?
- Is the request just a selfish act to get something for nothing?
In conversation with several friends, we started talking about this very subject. One mentioned how they enjoyed going to the local drive through and paying for the order for the next person behind them. They did it on a regular basis not because the person behind them was in need or had done something in which they deserved a reward. It was a random act of kindness that made them feel really, really good.
Another person people talked about taking a handful of coins and just going to a parking lot, the park, or walking down the street and scattering the money for somebody to find. Then they would imagine what it felt like for the person who just walk by to find a nickel, dime, quarter, or even a penny on the ground just lying there waiting to be picked up.
The last person to comment said they knew someone who went to the grocery store to randomly placing a five dollar bill behind a box of cereal or can of peas or behind a roll of paper towels so that when somebody picked up the item they would see the five dollars. We all laughed so hard imagining what it was like to see the person’s reaction as they pull down the cereal box and there was a five dollar bill sitting right there in front of them. Can you imagine their thoughts…
As they turned around to see if they’re on candid camera or
They question whether to pick it up or turn it in
Or did they just quickly shove it in a pocket like they’ve just stolen something and walk away.
Or did they stand there with glee. Feeling giddy because they just got reward for doing nothing more than shopping at the grocery store.
We decided at the end of the conversation was the blessing is not in giving to someone else. The recipient doesn’t get the blessing. The true blessing is received by the giver. To give from the heart abundantly without judgment is truly the blessing.
When you think about it what is a great leader but a great giver. A great leader is someone who uses their knowledge, experience and wisdom to increase another’s capacity produce better results. A leader is someone who sees something bigger and inspires others to do better than they believe they can and by inspiring someone else to be better we actually make ourselves better.
Too often I speak to people who don’t have the leadership title and are hesitant to step up to their leadership skills. Every person who signs up to be my client will give testimony that I consider them a leader regardless of their job title. And my goal is to identify their unique gifts and talents so they can create significant success for themselves and those around them. If they can’t do that they will have a happier, more fulfilling and financially rewarding life doing what the love.
And as you read this, I challenge you to add to your 2015 New Year’s resolutions this:
In 2015, I’m going to bring more joy in my life because I resolve to do more of what I love and get paid for doing it.
I know I have the power to make this happen.
My purpose is to live abundantly in all aspects of my life and by understanding and honoring my strengths and those of my peers, friends, family and colleagues I will surely bring significant success into my life.
I vow to optimize my business success and personal happiness at the same time.
In remembrance of the 7 principles of Kwanzaa I vow to have faith that I can help others use their gifts to get paid well for doing what they love.
If you want to know how you can get paid for doing what you love doing or get paid what you’re worth contact me. May 2015 set you on a path where you’ll be paid well for doing what you love and be appreciated for all your efforts.
Want to know more about the power of giving to bring more joy, success and abundance into your life check out these books.
Happy Hour is 9-5 by Alexander Kjerulf
365 Thank You by John Kralik
The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews