I have the privilege to travel internationally and speak at events where people want to make a change in their lives. One thing that I have learned is that many people are seeking to help and serve others, yet far too often they find themselves burned out. They often explain to me how they spend so much time serving and helping others, that they feel empty.
My response? I hope this is as helpful to you as is was for my friend Connie who said that this one response I shared with her a few years ago has had a tremendous impact in every single relationship and area of her life. The reason being, as Connie put it, was that with this new knowledge, she could better see things as they really are.
So what was it? What I said was this:
If you feel more fulfilled after helping another, then it is a good sign of true giving. If you feel drained, it may not have been giving for the right reasons.
That is something to keep in mind when serving others. We must remember, that obligational serving or exchange serving, will never fulfill.
Why do we overlook opportunities that a right in front of us? Seriously, why do we not see what has been in front of us the whole time?
If we don’t step up to the edge and look for the abundance of opportunities that currently exist there, then we will find ourselves lacking results… and later lacking fulfillment. So how can we find these opportunities that are right before us? Here is something that will help, but keep in mind we must first step outside of ourselves to serve others. This is not just a Higher Law, it is a Business Principle that produces results. It is not just a Business Principle, it is a Success Principle that produces results!
So where can we begin? For me, whenever I pay more attention and look deeper into the seemingly ordinary experiences of life, I discover how abundant this Universe really is. It is as if the Universe is throwing opportunities at me.
What is the lesson for you… in this quote below that I recently shared in a training session?
“God does not begin by asking us about our ability, but only about our availability, and if we then prove our dependability, he will increase our capability.”
― Neal A. Maxwell
Lets challenge ourselves to forget ourselves, and get to work. Paradoxically, we will find that the very act thereof will not only increase our “capability” as Maxwell highlighted, but it will also have a natural by-product of drawing in great treasures of opportunity.