Helping People, a Wonderful Addiction
Do you know why you’re on this planet? I do. We were put here to help one another.
We all have dreams and goals. Some of us have them written down and planned out, and others have their vision boards at home, or on their phone (that’s where mine is). The question is – how many of us focus on helping others achieve theirs?
If we all have our heads down, with a laser focus on ourselves and our own goals, others will see that. They won’t care about your goals if you don’t care about theirs. There is a well known leadership quote that says
“People won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
This quote could easily say “they won’t care about your goals unless you care about theirs.” 2000 years ago, Jesus told us to “do unto others as we would like done to us.” Putting others first isn’t a new concept. How much time do we spend considering the dreams and goals of those around us. How much does it mean to us to be a part of those around us achieving their goals?
Zig Ziglar once wrote that “You will get all you want in life if you help enough people get what they want.” This maxim applies to both life in and out of business. When someone helps us out, we want to work very hard to help them as well. This is part of basic human psychology. There’s was a study in 1969 that discovered what they called the Ben Franklin Effect. It states that when we do someone a favour, we’re more likely to do them another favour. Helping others becomes addictive.
If we take an honest look at those around us and their goals, you will see a HUGE variation in those goals. For some people in your circle, their goal is to make a modest living with their small business, and others it’s to overcome an addiction. For some it’s simply being able to afford to feed their family, and yet others to travel the world. Yes, there are a lot of materialistic goals out there as well. I would love another motorcycle. It’s not wrong to have those goals, however I challenge you to help one person achieve some kind of goal, even a small one, before you focus on attaining your next superficial goal.
By no means should you help someone financially if you’re struggling financially, or if you’re about to pay off some sort of debt. You can be more effective financially when you have more money available to you. Instead, use whatever resources you have access to. Help someone move, help an elderly person on your street mow their lawn (it’s spring!!), or be a source of support when a friend is in a rough patch.
If you do these things, you WILL enjoy them. You will be energized to do it again. You will build a legacy of someone that helped others.
It’s inspiring the hear about people in the community that help out. Do you know what separates you from that person? Choosing others before yourself.