Mindset #6: Live to Give
By: Teresa Lewis
Adopting a Live to Give mindset is about making a difference in the world. At a minimum, embracing this mindset encourages us to look for opportunities to help others in everyday situations – opening a door, lending a helping hand to someone in need, providing a listening ear when someone needs it. The deeper insight into this mindset is about aligning your purpose and passion with the needs of the world. If we live our best life, fully utilizing our God-given talents and gifts, then we give our best selves to the world. Once that happens, we can make more of an impact on others, and the amazing by-product is that our lives become more fulfilled and meaningful.
Some people discover their talents and passions at a young age, yet a lot of us may not figure this out until we are in our 30’s or 40’s or later when we start doing some soul-searching. We need to figure this out for ourselves and encourage our kids to think about how they want to make a difference in the world. It’s never too early and it’s never too late to live your potential.
The researchers who discovered The 7 Mindsets learned that most of us approach life in a manner that is in direct opposition to the mindsets that lead to fulfillment. One example would be selfishness; society tells us that life is ‘all about us’ and our happiness and comfort. Endless marketing messages trap us into thinking we must have the latest, the greatest, the newest and the flashiest. And, many of us think that “when I get more I will give more.” This goes against what the happiest and most successful people practice and what the Bible tells us. It’s easy to get caught up in the things of this world, but by changing your focus to helping others, you make a difference and you feel good.
Here are some questions for you to consider:
- What talents has God given you that could make a difference for someone else?
- Are you giving the world the best version of you?
- You’re making an impact every day; is it a positive one?
Approach today knowing that you are here for a reason – your gifts and your experiences have shaped who you are and you have something unique to offer others.
For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:18-19
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 4:11
The 7 Mindsets are a culmination of a research project asking the question, what do the happiest, most successful people have in common? Learn more about the 7 Mindsets at www.TeresaInspires.com