How can you receive more in your life?
As Thanksgiving passes by us and we consume countless variations of meals comprised of turkey, potatoes and stuffing, I’m left thinking about the meaning of the holiday. Not about what that day meant for me but about what it means for me today. Is life about the effort to receive more? Quite the contrary.
The name itself is made up of two words: “thanks” and “giving.” Sure, on the surface it means to give thanks (presumably for blessings in your life or other things worthy of thanks) but one of those two words means more to me today than it did last Thursday — Giving.
Some great minds have espoused the belief that in order to receive something you first have to give it. It’s one of the “laws” of success. Think about that for a minute. In order to receive something from someone you first have to give that thing to someone else. Do you want to receive more smiles from strangers? Than give more smiles to strangers. Do you want to receive more praise? Then give more praise to others. Do you want to be honored? Then honor someone else. Do you want to receive more financial success? Then help someone else to achieve financial success.
Rita Davenport, a successful public speaker, said “Never leave a hotel without tipping the maid who cleans your room.” There’s great wisdom in that simple statement. Some people may wonder “How much should you tip the maid?” Ms. Davenport asks how much you would tip the maid if it were your own baby girl, or sister or wife who was the maid?
In the book titled The Go-Giver, A Little Story About A Powerful Business Idea, by Bob Burg and John David Mann, the fictional character Pindar tells a struggling salesman, “Most people just laugh when they hear that the secret to success is giving…Then again, most people are nowhere near as successful as they wish they were.” How true.
Providing something extra to someone, whether it’s extra money, honor, praise, a smile, or something else, is a simple gift. It’s a gift that can help that person in ways that you can’t comprehend. It could mean putting dinner in their children’s stomachs. It could mean putting a smile on their face that had been absent all day long. It could mean increasing their sense of self-worth. It could mean giving them hope when they need it most. John C. Maxwell calls it adding value to others. It’s a powerful ability and it is crucial for your success.
So the next time you find yourself wanting something, wanting more, think about how you can give to someone else. In fact, think about three things you want to receive today and then think of three people you can give those things to. Switch your mindset from being a “go-getter” to being a “go-giver.” As you develop a sense of gratitude and giving you will advance your journey to success.
For it is in giving that we receive. – Francis of Assisi
Originally published in JoinMeForSuccess.com