There are certain people who simply love to give. Giving is a habit…it is their nature…it is their lifestyle.
These people—the givers—are busy and productive yet they readily give a listening ear, a helping hand, and a shoulder to lean on.
But they are not always visible. Many givers fly under the radar and are happy to do so. They are fully engaged in their own business, yet intuitively aware of others’ needs.
They passionately pursue their own success and prosperity, yet always have time to empower others to achieve theirs. Givers want nothing from you except to see you succeed.
Here are 4 simple but meaningful ways to give…
1. Give worth…
Address people by their name. When you speak to people by name, you affirm their human worth with a message that resonates deep in their psyche.
“You are not a faceless, generic, taken-for-granted human robot. You are a name-brand individual with personality and significance. I acknowledge you by the name that identifies who you are.”
2. Give dignity…
Affirm self-respect by complimenting people. Everyone wants to feel that there is something noteworthy about them— that they look good, that they have accomplished a task well.
A sincere compliment of appreciation makes them feel great and glad that they interacted with you. The positive feelings linger with them for the rest of their day.
3. Give confidence…
Affirm strength by acknowledging past successes and future possibilities. Show genuine interest in who they are and in their family. Show unfeigned enthusiasm for what they do and for their passions and dreams.
When people reflect on their past successes and talk about the possibilities they hope for, they gain confidence to keep pressing on.
4. Give motivation…
Affirm aspirations and inspire greater achievements by engaged listening. People enjoy talking about themselves, not always because they are self-centered but often because they find so few people who take a genuine interest in them.
Ask questions they will enjoy answering. Pay attention to details. Be sympathetic to their ideas and passions without judgement. Recalling their story to a willing listener inevitably inspires the teller to greater achievements.
A well-known proverb says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.”
I say, “Affirm a man’s worth, dignity, confidence, and motivation, and you empower him to live well for life.”
That’s what God does.
“He gives power to the faint and to him who has no might He increases strength.” (Isaiah 40:19)
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