This week, a new friend reminded me of an old recipe for a more enjoyable and profitable life.
She sent me the book “29 Gifts – How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life” by Cami Walker. The author was given a “prescription” to help her change her life. She had to give away 29 gifts in 29 days. Here are some statements from the book.
“By giving, you are focusing on what you have to offer others, inviting more abundance into your life.”
“Giving of any kind is taking a positive action that begins the process of change. It will shift your energy for life.”
Often, I give my clients the assignment of keeping a gratitude journal in which they are to write 3 things per day that they are grateful for. The reason is usually to help them focus on what they already have which begins to shift their perspective. When all they see is the difficulties in their life, then their world contains mostly difficulty. As they begin to focus their vision on what they are grateful for, then their world begins to look different–full of more things that are worthy of an attitude of gratitude. Their mood improves right along with their perspective.
An interesting side effect of the gratitude journal exercise is that business usually improves. Does it improve because they begin to be more grateful for the clients they already have? I would say–what difference does it make what the reason is? It’s kind of like the placebo effect. When you begin to feel better, does it really matter whether the treatment is responsible? Be glad that you feel better!!!
“The act of giving inherently carries gratitude in it. For me, it is impossible to give without feeling grateful.” (29 Gifts by Cami Walker)
I see a striking connection of several dots.
First, in referral marketing courses, it is usually clear that by giving to others that are potential referral partners, you usually get the result that they give back. The “Givers Gain” philosophy of BNI (Business Networking International) is based on exactly that.
Second, that by giving without expecting anything in return, the givers described in the book receive so much more than they give. They give gifts that are usually quite simple–a hug, a lunch, or a hand-made card–and most of them receive gifts in return. Some have even found their businesses growing by leaps and bounds.
Lastly, the Time magazine article on The New Science of Happiness cites research that shows that focus on gratitude–either single act or sustained–brings measurable changes to people’s own happiness.
Hmmm. Do you see the pattern here?
Giving is a valuable strategy. It can bring you significant rewards both personally and professionally.
I’ve started my own 29-day giving cycle. I’m on Day 3. Who wants to join me?
Today, consider reading the book yourself. Then, begin your own 29-day giving cycle. Share your stories of giving and the experiences you have with it.
So far, I’ve given one friend a link to a series of ebooks that I hope helps her with a challenge she’s facing. Then, I gave someone a series of emails that I’ve timed over the next few days to help her stay on track with a goal she has. Simple and sweet. I’ve noticed that I have more focus on helping others than I did before. Feels good!
Sign up for free at the 29-Day Giving Challenge website and blog your experiences. You can find me as “abundance” at the website.