February 6th, 2010 2:15 PM by Lehel S.
Giving Back to the World - By Jeremy Gislason
Are you grateful for everything you have?
Consider this, whether you have a million dollars in the bank or a hundred -- if you have a roof over your head, food on your table and the comfort of friends and family, you're rich.
Millions around the world live a bare bones existence and the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness takes a backseat to survival. If you have a roof over your head, you have food in your stomach, and you probably have at least one car, a bank account, and an abundance of creature comforts then by global standards, you're rich.
Take a minute to look around you, wherever you are. It doesn't matter if you're reading this from the comfort of your couch, if you're sitting at a table in a coffee shop, if you're sitting in your car, on your treadmill or exercise bike, or if you're enjoying the sunshine and reading this outside. Take a look around you and make a mental note of all you have. We're not just talking about the material items either. Friends, family, mentors, and pets are all blessings.
What about you? You have a wealth of strengths, skills, knowledge, and experience too.
What Are You Doing With All Of Your Wealth?
Gratitude has the power to bring more abundance into our lives. We know this to be true and by simply expressing gratitude daily, in every moment of your life, you will understand it to be true too.
In addition to attracting more of what we're grateful for, like wealth, love, and good health, gratitude also invites compassion into our lives. There are so many people in this world who suffer, who struggle and who do not have the wealth and abundance you have right now, today. It's important to point out that this is an opportunity for you. Giving back benefits you in a number of ways.
When you give back, you feel better about yourself, your accomplishments and your wealth -- you feel grateful.
When you give back, you learn about yourself and about others -- this is a valuable opportunity.
When you give back, you make valuable connections with people who have the power to change your life in any number of amazing ways.
When you give back, you gain both spiritually and monetarily. It's the Law of Attraction -- which states you attract what you focus on. The Law of Attraction says: That which is like unto itself, is drawn.
When you possess gratitude, compassion, and generosity of mind, money and spirit, you attract those things back to you -- all which make you richer, smarter, and surrounded by life, love and happiness.
Consider for just a moment the amazing contributions of:
Bill Gates and his foundation which partners with companies around the world to improve health and education.
Oprah Winfrey and her angel network which works on global and local networks to improve the lives of others.
And Kelly a small business owner who regularly motivates her social networking followers to generate thousands of dollars to families in need by donating her time and services in exchange for monetary donations from others.
You, no matter what level you're at or what goals you are striving for, have the mind-blowing opportunity to improve the lives of others, including your own, in a number of ways.
1. You have the power to change the world, to better the world.
2. By embracing and acting on your power, you will gain abundance both materially and spiritually.
"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." -Winston Churchill
How Can You Give Back?
There are a number of ways you can give back to the world.
1.) VolunteerVolunteer your time, skills and expertise. Volunteering offers a number of benefits:
-You Become Part of a CommunityVolunteering has a meaningful, positive impact on your community. We depend on each other for personal and professional survival and when you're part of a community, your personal and your professional life prosper. Volunteering helps, you build and sustain your community, which in turn will give back to you. It's a win-win situation.
-Broaden Your RepertoirePeople volunteer to contribute their skills and knowledge however it's practically guaranteed that you'll walk away with more knowledge and skills than you had beforehand. Volunteering is the perfect vehicle to discover something you are good at and develop a new skill.
-A Sense of AccomplishmentThere's little else in life that offers the same level of satisfaction like watching your hard earned efforts benefit someone in need.
Volunteering also offers you new interests, new experiences, new people, and authenticity and credibility in your industry.
2.) Donate fundsWhat's your favorite cause or charity - something that's important to you, your family or your friends? Perhaps it is the American Cancer Society, the Humane Society, or the Nature Conservancy. These organizations thrive on two things: Volunteers and Donations.
If you have causes, passions and charities which are near and dear to your heart, it's important to do what you can to keep them in the black, financially solvent, and able to continue to provide their services.
3.) Use your business to tap into the needs of your prospects, community, customers, and associatesOne of the truly wonderful aspects about being a business owner is the amazing power you have to give back. As a business owner, you have a rolodex jam-packed with contacts. This includes your lead list but it also includes your associates, vendors, partners, and always your friends, family and community members. You are a veritable Paul Revere -- and one word from you has tremendous power, power to change the world and have a positive effect on the lives of others.
4.) MentorMentoring is an exceptional way to share your knowledge and experience with others and give back to the world.
Mentoring is when you meet with someone one-on-one and help them learn and grow. A mentee can be a child or young adult struggling with choices, a professional who is interested in growing their career, or a person interested in starting a business similar to yours. A mentor/mentee relationship is essentially, however you define it.
The Next Step
If history and experience have taught us anything it's that the more you give, the more you receive. When you take the time to give back to the world with the intention of improving the lives of others, the essential result is that you end up receiving so much more than you can possibly imagine. Give it a try. You'll be amazed what happens in your life. ** To comment on this article or to read comments about this article, go here. About the Author:Jeremy Gislason is an entrepreneur, online business owner and marketer. He is also a philanthropist with over 12 years of offline and online business experience. Discover The Secret to Lasting Abundance in Mindmap to Riches Vol. 4 at http://www.MindmaptoRiches.com