Is giving selfish?
The answer isn’t all that straight-forward. In fact, it’s kind of complicated. And, as with many situations, often it comes down to: It depends.
Numerous studies over the past several decades (yes, decades) reference “the reciprocal benefits of giving.” The bottom line from all of the research boils down to this: We feel good when we give.
Now comes the nuance –
There are some people who give for the sake of being noticed for giving. They want their giving to be recognized, acknowledged, and praised. It’s then that the good feelings are generated.
Others give, knowing that in so doing, they have helped the other person in some way. The feeling good is an internal acknowledgment.
We often don’t hear directly from those who give. The point here is that when your values point you to giving back or lifting someone else, you just do that.
Values can be learned and...
Next week, I’ll be in Dallas shooting a half-hour segment on CBS.
It’s great to get a two-minute spot. It’s amazing if they (the producers) gives you a three-minute spot. If you push to three and a half or four minutes, they’re squeezing someone else out for you.
I get a half-hour to share my message!
And I’m super-excited!!!
I’ll be discussing how to make, and keep, New Year’s resolutions.
We’re in mid-December and it’s not too early to be thinking about what this new decade will hold. Some people say things like, “let’s see what the New Year brings.” Nope. It’s what YOU bring to the New Year. That means that what the New Decade holds for you is what you bring to it.
You’ve seen people with empty wishes backed by limited action. You might work with them, live with them, or notice them in the...
Progress, not perfection? I think progress IS perfection. As we enter the last month of the decade, most people will dwell on the things they didn’t do. And we ALL have things left uncompleted at this point.
While most of us practice gratitude all year long, we’re at *that* time of year where we reflect and give thanks. Tomorrow (in the United States) is Thanksgiving and I wanted to make sure that you knew how special you are to me.
You keep me inspired to stay in the conversation.
You inspire the challenge.
For today, tomorrow, and all year long, you need to know that I truly appreciate you for being on this journey with me.
It’s a journey of ripples and I believe we each makes a difference. Each of us, a person at a time. It simply #StartsWithOne . . . you!
In a discussion with a high-performance brother, he commented on something that got me thinking. We were talking about what it means to be able to get up every day with a sense of purpose. It feels good to want to do more, have more, BE more, and serve more greatly.
We then started talking about why some people don’t feel that way.
We humans are gifted with something special. Our brain’s frontal lobes help us plan and sequence. We have the ability to think forward and to choose to improve.
And this was the conversation stopper:
We’re the only beings that can choose not to improve ourselves.
Think about every other animal or even plant. If you block a plant’s light by putting an object in front of it, the plant will lean out to be able to get sunlight. If you give a chimp a banana in a box that’s behind a caged wall and just out of reach, the chimp will create tools to get to the...
We have good intentions. The term is API or POGI which stands for Assume Positive Intent and Person of Good Intent. Frame interactions that way and you’ll be better off when you’re in conversation with someone.
There are people of good intent who shut others down inadvertently. They’re just trying to help when they bestow their hard-earned wisdom on another.
And the conversation comes to a crashing close with the phrase, “You just need to be realistic.”
There’s a word that kills dreams and that “killer” R word is: Realistic.
What’s realistic for someone with a dream is far from realistic for those without. I have a dream to touch people’s lives in such a way that a ripple of true intentional support of others is a mindset shift for the world. For some, it means congratulating them on their efforts. Others need to be reawakened. And others need education. My goal is...
People used to think that public speaking was a fate worse than death. The truth is that we aren’t afraid to speak in public. We’re afraid of being judged in public.
We aren’t just afraid of being judged, our biggest fear – OUR BIGGEST FEAR – is that of being ostracized, cut off from the tribe we so desperately want to belong to.
Look at teenagers. They all go through it – they want so much to stand out and be seen as independent all the while worried about being cut out of the “in” group.
And now you, dear #DynamicLeader, get to step into a new mindset. What if, instead of being afraid of losing the tribe you belong to, you realize that anyone who judges you harshly isn’t part of YOUR tribe! You choose with whom you surround yourself.
One of my High-Performance clients and I spoke of this just a few days ago:
If people reject my message, they’re not rejecting me....
It would be so great to sit with you and catch up. How great to learn about what you’re up to and to share in the possibilities that are just in front of you! I’d love to share with you my aspirations and dreams, too.
And then, we disappear, and we’re back, and one or the other of us is gone again.
Have you ever been with someone you care about and feel as though, even when they’re right in front of you, they’ve stopped being with you? Have you felt left out of their private party because they’ve been sucked into the phone or wrist tech?
I didn’t know I was guilty of that. I thought I could multi-task and stay in the conversation even though I was just checking my messages.
I was just seeing who texted.
I was just looking at the subject line of the email.
“Do you have somewhere else to be?” she asked me, shaking me out of my distraction.
I looked up...
A voice made me look up from shopping: “Aren’t you the doctor from San Francisco?”
A couple of the Stuck At The Top breakthrough mastermind members and I went to dinner after this amazing event had concluded. It was a delightful way to wind down and, following dinner, we strolled the shops connecting Bally’s to Paris in Las Vegas where I held my retreat session this past weekend.
While I’m known for traveling with a Curious George because you can’t be in judgement if you live in curiosity, I’m also known for some of the louder shirts I wear. And when I saw a shop with my kind of shirts in the window, I wandered in. This was a place I had been to a little over a year prior. This shop was one of my faves actually, and I was happy to have found it again!
What happened next was mind-blowing.
“Aren’t you the doctor from San Francisco?”
Maggie, the shopkeeper had remembered me from over a...
Depending on where you’re from, that statement, “You’re kind of bold,” can be construed as a compliment or as a condemnation. Personally, being bold is a driver for me. I grew up playing safe and making nice. I grew up making sure everyone else was okay and that no one felt badly. I grew up going along to get along.
And my gift was stifled.
It wasn’t until my mid-forties that I gave myself permission to begin a journey of true “becoming” and full self-expression.
How many of us play it small so as not to attract attention or offend anyone? How many times have you decided not to speak up because, well, you might look bad or even be seen as stupid? That judgment can come at home, at work, in social groups, or even online.
Heck, there is no shortage of people who will judge you openly. And that’s too bad because the world needs your voice! What would have happened if, in that class you...