I want to start today’s 5-Minute Friday off with this quote from Mary Anne Radmacher: “As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”
During the holiday season (and all-year-round), giving to those around you is a powerful way to lift yourself AND others up!
We often get stuck thinking about everything we don’t have. Our anxieties can rob our joy, and we forget that we truly have so much to be grateful for. If you find yourself in this spot, I want to encourage you — the best way to get out of this rut is by GIVING.
When we instead think about what we can give to others, we liberate ourselves from worry and stress and we open up the door for joy and gratitude to come pouring in.
And giving does not have to be about material things either. It doesn’t have to be something expensive wrapped in a box. That’s why I’d like to share with you today seven of the best gifts you can give to other people — and every single one of these gifts costs NOTHING to give.
#1: Give friendship. Everyone, and I mean everyone, could use another good friend in their life — someone who’s authentic, supportive, and fun to be around.
YOU can be that person. You can bring the gift of friendship into someone’s life just by taking some time to connect with them every once in a while.
#2: Give positive energy. So many people live their lives engulfed in negativity. You can uplift them by being so happy and so positive around them that they start to pick up on it too!
#3: Give the gift of listening. When having a conversation with someone, we can sometimes fall into the habit of thinking, “What will I say next?” rather than actually listening to what the other person has to say! This is something I always try to avoid (especially when I’m interviewing someone), and I suggest you do the same. When you talk to people, listen with an open mind and a genuine curiosity for what they want to tell you!
#4: Give a second chance. If there’s someone you’ve cut out of your life long ago or someone you’re actively trying to avoid, you have the opportunity to give them a second chance. I’m not saying you have to, but it can be freeing to clear up any bitterness you have with another person.
#5: Give advice. You might not realize it, but you are an EXPERT at something. Maybe it’s a skill you’ve built up over many years. Perhaps it’s a bad situation that you handled well. Whatever it is, there is tons of advice that you can give — and others would benefit greatly from it.
Giving advice can be as simple as chatting with a younger friend or posting your advice online. But you can also turn giving advice into an entire business — it could be coaching, consulting, or making courses. The opportunities are endless when you have a desire to give your knowledge to others!
#6: Give your BEST effort. One of the greatest gifts you can ever give is your 100% BEST effort. It’s the effort you save for things you deeply care about, when urgency is involved, and when something is on the line. What if you brought that level of effort to your relationships? People would feel like they mattered more than ever before. It’s truly an amazing gift to see that someone else is giving their best effort when they spend time with you.
#7: Give your passions, skills, and uniqueness to the world! My friend, there is GREATNESS inside you. It’s your dreams, your hobbies, your unique personality, and your set of skills. It’s the true YOU — the greatest version of you — and it’s an amazing gift you can give to the world.
I’m giving you permission today to share these gifts that are within you. Start that blog, write that book, build that side hustle — whatever your dream is — and use it to give your greatest gifts to the people who need (and will LOVE) it.
There you have it, friends! Seven of the best ways you can give to others. Remember, giving doesn’t have to be something physical — you can give your time, your care and love, an open mind, or a genuine heart. You can give value, advice, and hope. All that matters is that you get out there and GIVE, GIVE, and GIVE some more!
Join me on Episode 1,050 to learn more about the seven best ways to give to others (for free)!