Recently, while looking back over some past entries in my journal, I found something I had written in response to one of Zig Ziglar’s well-known quotes, “You can have anything in life that you want if you help enough other people get what they want.” Here is what I wrote in my journal:
“My success, in large part, depends on my capacity to bring opportunities for success to others.”
My life is not just about me. It’s about me being the best “me” I can be, and that includes helping others be the best they can be.
Do you believe that? I know I do. The funny thing is, I had forgotten all about it until I just happened to come across it again. For that reason, I’m glad I captured it in my journal.
In my upcoming book, The Street Sweeper and a Town Called Inspiration (to be released in September), I define Irrefutable Success as “doing the absolute best I can do with what I have in order to have a positive influence on other people’s lives.” I feel more fulfilled when I help others find fulfillment.
If you agree, then think about the following three considerations…
1) Don’t forget it (like I did)!
Be sure you keep this principle at the forefront of your mind. Write it down, and look at it often. Review your Life Plan, your Business Vision, and your weekly timeblock to ensure that your current actions reflect your conviction.
2) What are you doing to increase your capacity to help others?
Do you have a clear and specific written plan to pour into others? If you don’t, take a few minutes and think about areas in which you are best suited to add value. Are you passionate about mentoring a few young professionals one-on-one? Leading a small study group? Volunteering in your community? Then, determine how you can become better at whatever it is that you are driven to do. You may need to learn additional skills, or research opportunities. Once you have a plan, you can begin to take action.
3) Are you doing all you can with the capacity you already have to help others?
Although it is good to seek out new ways to make a difference, don’t neglect the current capacity you have at your disposal. What activities are you already engaged in, which you could be doing more effectively and with even greater results? These are easy to miss. Often there is a vast difference between what we are currently doing and what we are capable of in any given area.
As you take steps in your life to impact the people around you, don’t forget to take care of yourself. The greater your physical and emotional health, the more you can do for others. As we are reminded by flight attendants before take-off, put on your own oxygen mask first.
Then, you’ll be equipped and ready to make a greater difference!
What is one thing you can do today that will increase your impact on the lives of others? Do you need to improve something you are already doing, or is there a new opportunity you’re passionate about?