Mixing it up again this week! Instead of the usual bombardment of questioning, I’m going to set out a few challenges for you instead.
- Each day in the next week, do something generous for someone. Remember, by definition there will be no strings attached; no expectation of return.
- The next time someone makes a generous offer to you, graciously accept it. Fight the instinct to offer something in return. Thank the person for their generosity.
- Find a place to generously give your time each week. It could be volunteering at a local charity, mentoring a college student, or teaching skills to a new coworker. Simply give your time.
- Twice a week over the next month, nurture your network. Take someone to coffee. Return a favor. Connect two people who would benefit from knowing each other. Send an email when someone comes to mind for only that reason. Look for ways to make generous offers of your time, your knowledge, or your connections.
Remember, being generous doesn’t necessarily mean a big time commitment. Sending an introductory email takes only minutes yet it could make a huge impact on someone else’s life or career. No big thing for you, but a big deal for the recipient.
Most importantly, enjoy the process! There’s a reason generous people are described as “big hearted.” Being generous makes your heart grow.
Let me know how it goes!