The Power of Selfless Thinking.
My favorite radio station started a campaign lately encouraging people to buy a cup of coffee for the driver behind them in the drive thru. The goal is to encourage people to engage in acts of kindness. At some places, reports of up 100 drivers picking up the tab for the driver behind them have been received. Some people call the radio station to report how someone paying for their coffee brighten up their gloomy day or made them feel loved. Reflecting on this campaign and the impact on people’s life all point to what can happen when we start thinking selflessly.
Have you ever looked around you and thought of what you could do to make someone’s day? You really do not have to look far, think about your spouse, a close friend or a colleague. What can you do this week to enrich their lives? Not necessarily something elaborate, it could be something really simple. Instead of thinking about what others should do for you, start thinking more about what you can do for them. If you are wondering why you should consider this and the importance of this mindset, carefully consider the points below. When you think selflessly you:
- Enrich people’s lives: When you adopt a new way of thinking, one that takes the focus off you and your needs, you enrich the lives of people around you. “People with humility do not think less of themselves they just think about themselves less often”- Ken Blanchard and Norman Vincent. Selfless thinking adds value to others and brings fulfillment to you.
- Enrich your relationships: Most problems and misunderstanding in relationship stems out of selfishness. When you focus your thoughts on helping people, people are drawn to you and people look for ways to reciprocate your gestures.
- Build a stronger you: even though you might think you are just helping someone else, you are actually helping yourself. Putting others first will boost your self-esteem and build a stronger character. Helping people and bringing a smile to their faces brings gratification that cannot be quantified to you. If you think selflessly, you are selfless. “As a man thinks in his heart so is he” Paul The Apostle.
- Action Plan for the week: As you start out this week, think about something you can do to add value to someone’s life. Write it down and act on it.
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