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How Being a Giver Can Contribute to Your Own Success

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How Being a Giver Can Contribute to Your Own Success
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It is easy to forget about giving when we are going about our lives. Many of us are just too busy to think about the importance of giving back. Finding a way to really help in your local community can have so many benefits, though. As well as improving the area in which you live and the great feeling that giving back can give you, taking the time to support your community can also contribute to your own success. 

Read on to find out why being a giver could have so many more benefits for you as well as for your community:

1. Meet New People

When you get involved with a good cause or social enterprise in your community, it is inevitable that you will meet new people. You will expand your social network and you will make new friends and be invited to so much in terms of social events. In essence, in return for the time that you spend within your local community, you will be rewarded with better friendships and more engaging social activities.

This can do wonders for your self-confidence and your interpersonal skills which can help you build success into your life. You will also have a greater network of people that you can approach for favors when times are hard, which can be essential when it comes down to building success.

2. Realise Your Potential

Learning how to help others in your community can give you such a boost that it can make you feel like you just want to keep going. Helping others and seeing the results of that help can give you an impetus to keep going and to keep wanting to do good so that you can enjoy the results of what you do.

You will find yourself wanting to learn new skills and find more ways to help so that you can enjoy the benefits of the good feeling that helping releases in you. It might be the start of a whole new career for you, or at least give you some new skills that you can take into the world of work that really improves your effectiveness and makes you more successful.

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali

3. You Will Learn New Things

Helping out at local businesses that give back to the community or doing some work directly within the community will always teach you new things. Whether it’s about empathy for fellow humans in the world or actual skills, volunteering will only ever improve you as a person. 

Successful people always tend to realise that we are never perfect, there is always something that can be improved upon, no matter what stage we are at in life. You can improve yourself whilst also doing good within your local community, everybody wins.

4. Balance

The key to happiness in life is a balance. It’s about making sure you do things for yourself but also for others. Those who are egocentric tend to not be very happy people because the act of only thinking about yourself isn’t what we were created for.

We are meant to live in a community and so one can only find true happiness when we allow ourselves to truly contribute to the lives of others. Maintain the balance in your life by contributing some of your time to the betterment of others and the happiness that you create will help you be more successful in other areas of your life.

5. Responsibility

Responsibility is one of the senses that successful people have developed and nourished. They know that it takes personal responsibility to achieve what they have set out to do. These people do not rely on others to achieve their goals. Instead, they work for the achievement of the goals themselves. Otherwise, relying on others might lead to a let-down.

You can foster a sense of responsibility by volunteering in the local community. By giving to the community, you will come across people who are reliant on you for their survival, making your services an essential part of their well-being. There are many areas where you can assist those in need. You could assist with your financial resources, teaching new skills, or offering emotional support. You can aid people across various age groups.

Helping others gives you an understanding of why it is important to take responsibility for yourself and others. The skills you learn can be applied in your career and professional life along with helping you to possess everything you set out to achieve.

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

6. Motivate Others

People love to give back because it makes them feel good. If you introduce the idea of giving back to the community into your organisation, you will find that your employees will become more motivated and inspired. When it comes to making an organisation more successful, giving back to the community is key.

Supporting your community has so many benefits, both for you personally and for those around you. Make sure you find the time to really give something back so that you can become more successful and improve the lives of others.

What do you like to do to give back? Do you have a favorite organization to work with? Share it with us below!

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In the pursuit of personal and professional growth, plateaus are inevitable. They appear when progress seems to halt, despite your continuous efforts. But remember, a plateau is not a full stop; it’s a comma that allows you to pause, reflect, and shift gears. This article provides six powerful strategies to overcome plateaus and achieve breakthrough success.

1. Find Out the Root Cause

When facing a plateau, there is likely something causing you to sabotage your progress. Identify the root cause. What is sabotaging your progress? Examine your daily routine and how you spend your time. Are you wasting time on unnecessary activities? Or are you taking on too many tasks that you can’t handle?

Often, adding more tasks overloads your already tight routine and distracts you from focusing on the most important tasks. Therefore, often eliminating unnecessary activity will work to overcome plateaus. However, be cautious of not doing things right, such as tasks you have not yet undertaken or missing something. What actions do you need to take or improve to achieve your goal? Are you avoiding them, or have you not started yet?

2. Never Tolerate Problems

Once you’ve identified the root cause, never tolerate problems. If you tolerate them, you’ll end up staying stuck. You get what you tolerate. Once you recognize the problem you’re facing, never tolerate it. Instead, address and improve the situation.

3. Focus on a 100% Solution and 0% Problems

To overcome a challenge, it’s essential to plan how to get through it. Yet, people often find themselves asking, ‘Why is it bad?’ or ‘What is wrong with it?’ Questions of this nature limit our thinking, leading our brains to generate responses like ‘Because you’re not good enough’ or ‘Everything is wrong with you.’ These limited answers tend to resonate with the situation and drag you down further.

Instead, ask empowering questions without limits, such as ‘What is not perfect yet, and how can I turn things around while making a more positive impact?’ By asking unlimited empowering questions, you’ll shift your focus from the problem to the solution. Additionally, you will also notice that asking empowering questions can expand available options and allow you to see from an angle you couldn’t see before.

Focusing on problems rarely yields positive outcomes. The key to positive results lies in concentrating on the solution. The next time you face adversity and notice getting caught by unresourceful thoughts, snap out of it and direct your focus to a 100% solution and 0% problems.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford

4. Cultivate Success-Driven Traits

Identify the traits you need to have and get rid of to become the person you aspire to be. Consider your specific goals – for instance, attracting positive relationships. To achieve this, note down the traits you need to embrace, such as being open-minded, gentle, healthy, and treating others the way you want to be treated.

Cultivate a positive mindset. Simultaneously, get rid of traits like criticizing others, having a short temper, and engaging in unhealthy habits like taking drugs.

Learn from individuals who have achieved similar goals. Study their traits, both the ones they have and those they’ve consciously avoided. Implement these traits to align with the person you want to become.

Once you have your lists of traits to embrace and eliminate, diligently follow them. Place the list on your desk or the door of your room, ensuring you read it at least once a day to reinforce your commitment to these traits.

5. Track Your Habits

Carry a notepad to track your habits throughout the day, especially those contributing to plateaus, as well as your new habits or traits aligned with achieving your goals. For instance, if your root cause is excessive internet use, record instances of mindless scrolling on social media. Note when you engage, the emotional state prompting it, and the approximate duration.

Calculate the total minutes wasted at the end of the day. This habit tracking makes you aware of the emotions triggering these behaviors (stress, boredom, and frustration) and the time wasted.

Additionally, track positive new habits, like reading good books and exercising. Document what you’ve learned from the book and the time spent exercising. This practice helps you build new positive habits by enabling you to compare today’s results with those from yesterday or a week ago. 

Moreover, consistently sticking to new habits for around 18 months transforms them into lifelong habits. Even if you take breaks, you will find yourself naturally returning to those habits.

6. See Obstacles as Opportunities

Every obstacle can be an opportunity to turn things around. If the economy is in a downturn, it’s time to recognize it as an opportunity to thrive while everyone else is struggling and focused on the problem. If someone makes fun of you or causes you trouble, ask yourself, ‘What can I learn from this experience?’

Alternatively, consider that the person underrating you is setting low expectations, which are easier to exceed. If your business receives a bad review from a customer, see it as free feedback that guides you on how to improve and take your business to the next level.

Always try to see different angles that others may overlook. This perspective can reveal aspects you might be missing. When you view a problem as an opportunity, it has the potential to foster growth.

In the journey toward success, plateaus are just temporary pauses, not dead ends. So, keep moving, keep growing, and make your breakthrough.

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