Here’s a challenge to you as you think about the rest of the year.
How can you contribute to the world?
It looks like a bit of an in-your-face challenge so let me explain what I mean. For years, humankind has been tuned into the radio station called WIIFM (What’s In It For Me?). Before a lot of us consider anything, we ask, “WIIFM?” Marketers are constantly trying to sell their products by showing you what golden gifts you’ll gain from your purchase. The millions of dollars you’ll make, the enormous mansion you’ll live in, the exotic places you’ll go, the rock-star adulation you’ll receive as you live a remarkable life playing with every toy your heart desires. All you have to contribute to achieve these gifts is your money.
I’d like to challenge you to think in a slightly different way
What if, just what if, your heart doesn’t desire any of those things? Because truly, desire for ‘things’ does not come from your heart. Those type of desires come from your head. And often they’re driven by your ego and based on fear; fear of being thought about negatively, fear of losing someone’s acceptance, fear of not being liked, or the latest fear – FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).
So what does your heart desire?
When you check in with your heart, you’ll find you want great relationships, loving friends and family, to live a meaningful life filled with passion and creativity. Your heart wants to give – not take. To contribute not grasp. And while (until further notice) most of us have to earn a living doing something, we often find those who give the most, coincidentally also gain the most, although not always monetarily.
Human nature is one of giving, supporting, contributing
Christmas is a prime time to experience this. Think about that gift you gave to someone special. Whether you took the time to shop for it or made it with your bare hands, no doubt you took a lot of pleasure from the giving of it. You loved seeing the delight expressed by the receiver of your gift. Maybe you even got more pleasure from their response, than you did from receiving your gifts.
Do you ever wonder why that is?
I believe giving and receiving are the same. However, as an ‘advanced society,’ many have moved away from the sense of community and the giving and collaboration that is still an essential part of more pure cultures. In these cultures, people are valued for who they are and recognised for their particular skills and abilities. Everyone has something to contribute to the health and wellbeing of the whole tribe. No one worries about how much you earn, how big your house is or how many cars you have in your garage. Contributing is what matters.
Nowadays people are so busy trying to earn a living to feed their families and put a roof over their heads, they’ve begun to think earning a living is the purpose of life. It’s sad to think life has become so confined.
On a positive note, I believe things are starting to change
More and more folk want to know how they can contribute more effectively. They’re keen to identify the unique skills and talents that will allow them to do this. They want to feel passionate about something and hope others benefit from their passion. There are many instances of people following their passions who ended up being generously rewarded for their impact on society. Others long to discover their passion.
Is this how you feel? Are you ready to add to the world?
If so maybe I can help.
I can help you because of what I offer the world. Now’s a good a time as any to remind you of what I offer so you may take advantage of it.
I coach and mentor people
People who want to achieve more get a coach. Do the research yourself. Top athletes seek out coaches to push, challenge and support them to become better athletes. Individuals who want to offer more to the world seek out coaches to help them to do just that. Recently, I’ve spoken to three people who have set the same goals for this year that they set last year – because they didn’t achieve them. Not a big deal in itself, we all know that some goals take longer than we anticipate. But in these cases, the people I spoke to hadn’t even get started on their goals. Some grumbled about having had the same goal for several years. Are you one of them? If so, do yourself a favour and give me call!
I’m particularly good at helping people access their own wisdom and heart felt passions; to discover what they want to offer the world. Some call this a purpose or a mission. It doesn’t have to be grandiose – although it might be! It’s about discovering the core of who you are. I assist people to find their passion and discover ways to make an income from it in whatever ways are appropriate for them. They gain useful insights and, where they have no experience in an aspect they want to develop, I mentor them. I give them the benefit of my past and current experiences. I also coach people from within organisations who need help to flourish in specific areas. Download my Private Coaching and Mentoring Programme.
So, what do you have to offer the world?
Please don’t say, ‘I don’t have anything’ because I believe everyone has unique talents and gifts. At the moment the world needs each of us and what we have to contribute. Possibly you just need a little help to discover what your talents and gifts are, to develop them further or to figure out how to make your offer to the world. Please get in contact – I’d love to help.