How Can You be of Service to Others?

How Can You be of Service to Others?

“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want” is an oft-repeated philosophy by Zig Ziglar.  This philosophy of being extremely helpful is consistently demonstrated in the life of growth-minded people.

This should be a regular practice you incorporate into your daily routine.  You probably help family members and close friends instinctively.  In business, a little extra effort to be of service to your clients can really make a difference for the client and your business.

I am not just speaking about helping clients to choose the right product or service.  I am speaking about being helpful to the person who is not a client looking for a product or service not offered by your business.  You can suggest other businesses they can contact.  Make it a habit to offer helpful suggestions or advice to existing clients or anyone you come into contact with to solve their problem.

As a business owner, you can be of service by nurturing relationships with anyone who has connected with you.  A weekly or monthly newsletter can accomplish this goal.  This provides you with an opportunity to share valuable information like the arrival of new products, specials, industry news or even do a customer spotlight.

A Facebook fan page is another excellent option loved by lots of people.  This provides your business with an opportunity to post helpful comments for your clients.  It also acts as an outlet for clients to give honest feedback, ask questions and interact with each other.  Social media does take time and works best when there is a strategy in place providing numerous benefits to your clients.

It’s a good idea to connect with other local business owners including some of your clients who may have their own business to better identify how you can be of service.  You may want to create a regular meet up, mastermind or networking to see how as a collective you can best promote or refer each other.

Take a few minutes right now to evaluate if you are truly being of service to others in your life.  Be honest with yourself about the effort being put forth.  If you know you can do more, decide what are some small steps you can do immediately to start serving others at a higher level.

As a business owner you should make it a habit of offering more value to your clients than is expected.  Clients will appreciate you going the extra step to provide them with an excellent experience.  Try to recall an experience when someone else when above and beyond to serve you.  Remember how you felt? Do you remember the person who served you? How would you describe them?  I guaranteed both parties benefited tremendously, and that’s the feeling you would like clients to have after being served by you.

What Are You Passionate About?

What Are You Passionate About?

The word “passion” is thrown around so much that it has almost become a meaningless buzzword. That’s rather unfortunate because passion is one of the most important ingredients of living a life of purpose. More importantly, passion can make you feel truly alive.

Do you wake up in the morning feeling empty and not knowing what to do? Do you ever feel guilty about doing nothing worthwhile with your time? Do you find yourself disconnected from the world? If so, it could be that you just haven’t found your passion. Your passion will give your life its needed direction. It will give a different meaning to every waking day of your life.

The Three Crucial Steps To Finding Out What Drives You

While there are some people who already know what they are passionate about and only need a little push to pursue it, others still need to go through certain processes to find out just what it is that they are passionate about.

 

  1. Listen to your core.

The first thing that you ought to do is to take some time to talk to yourself. Think about how you feel and what you really think of things.

Forget about the part of yourself that always wants to fit in and belong to the crowd — that part of yourself who likes to please other people. Remember that when you get into that habit, you will almost certainly end up miserable. You have to live life according to what will make you happy.

Honor your core. Think about what you really want to do and not what you think you should do. After reconnecting with that part of yourself, it will be easier to find your passion.

  1. Experiment

Challenge yourself by trying out new things. Your passion may lie in the things, people, or activities that you have ignored or never tried before.

The thing is, your passion doesn’t always come with a loud label. You may need to actively seek it out. Doing nothing will not magically lead you to your passion. You may need to experiment. You may feel the beginnings of a fire stirring within you after reading, trying, seeing, or hearing something. Try to expose yourself to as many things as possible.  Join an outdoors guild if you want to see if mountaineering is for you. Watch a classic or an underrated movie if you want to see if your heart is in film-making. Look up forensic uploads on youtube if your interest is in the study of crime.

You can also get to know your artistic side. You never know, but you may have certain talents that are waiting to get discovered.

  • Play an instrument. This is a great way to relieve stress. There are a lot of tutorials that you can find online on how to play different musical instruments. You can also enroll in a music class or hire a coach.
  • Sign up for a stage play. Have you always feared the spotlight? This is the best time to conquer that fear. If you don’t have any experience in acting or don’t have the right connections, you can enroll in acting workshops. This type of activity usually ends with a live performance, which will give you the chance to perform in front of many people.
  • This kind of activity will help you learn more about yourself and what you are longing for. Whenever you have time, sit down and start writing about anything. It can be an essay, poem, short story or a novel. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You are doing this to feel good.
  • Paint or draw. Have you ever tried these activities now that you are an adult? It doesn’t matter whether you are good or not. You have to give it a try.

 

Pick up a new hobby or sport. You have to do something that will change your daily routine, while keeping your adrenaline running. You can try dancing or swimming. You can join marathon or enroll in a gym.  You can also practice yoga and meditation. Try to learn something new, which will give you fulfillment and satisfaction, such as cooking or baking.

 

  1. Ask yourself the right questions

Now, this part is a tough one. You have to be completely honest with your answers; otherwise, you will end up wasting your time. You also need to answer some questions without thinking too hard.

  • If your house is on fire, what will you save?

Your answer will help you determine the people, animals or things that you find valuable.

  • What do you like doing?

This will give you clues to the kinds of activities and things that you enjoy. Think about the things that you could do forever (and no, that doesn’t include binging on ice cream or the latest season of Game of Thrones). It has to be something on which you can use your skills and knowledge. It has to be something to which you believe you can make a contribution.

  • If you could do anything, what would it be?

For a moment, imagine that nothing is stopping you from doing anything – not your financial situation, or your obligations at work or to your family.

  • What are the things you feel strongly about?

Passion does not always have to be related to a hobby. A person can be passionate about a cause. Passion can also be brought to the surface because of pain. If you feel strongly about bullying, awareness about certain mental conditions, or providing support to certain groups of people, that could be your passion.

  • What has made you really happy in the past?

Think about the points in your life when you felt truly happy.

 

Keep in mind that just because you like something does not mean that you have found your passion though. Passion is more than mere “liking”. Truth be told, it defies strict definition. What is sure is that it transcends logic. Passion is something you are willing to be called a lunatic for.

Don’t worry about people thinking that you’re weird, or that you are wasting your time. Passion is not at all a waste; it will amplify the way you feel and sense things and make you feel more alive.

Success: What’s Your Formula?

Success: What’s Your Formula?

 

While there are a lot of factors that contribute to success, a good success formula is applicable to everyone, regardless of the goal. Here are the 4 essentials that contribute largely to success.

Goal Setting

Success is not a two-step formula wherein you simply work then get rewarded. Usually, success will be a rough road because you are going against the prescribed way of life. Moving from where you are now to where you want to be can take a few years; that is why it’s important that you have short term and long term goals ahead of you. Don’t try to achieve everything in one leap, for you have lessons to learn on your journey to success. You will inevitably fail, but you should still keep your eyes on the prize. You can start goal setting by writing a to-do list as well as a don’t-do list. If you can keep up with the small things, it’s more likely that you can follow your plans and short term goals.

Passion

Passion is the catalyst for success. If you don’t feel passionate about what you’re doing, your performance will be at the bare minimum. Passionate people lead. They do more than what is expected of them. They are confident about the value of their beliefs and their ability to pave the way. Passionate people are successful because they know their purpose. They don’t strive for perfection but they continue to act until their goals are realized. Your passion will also reflect on your identity. Money, a usual indicator for success, just flows along. Are you excited about what you’re doing? If not, you’re not passionate.

Awareness

Service has a lot to do with success. Do you know the problems that are needs to be addressed? No matter how goal-oriented and passionate you are, if you cannot translate your actions into something that will benefit people, then your success will be limited or non-existent. Widen your awareness. Read the current trends about the industry you’re interested in. Know more about your customers and their culture. Don’t just focus on the things or events that you want to see. Don’t shun those that make you uncomfortable. You could perhaps derive a solution that will fit your passions well. In addition, be aware of your abilities and shortcomings. How will you work and position yourself given your strengths and weaknesses?

Sleep

All your beliefs and ideals cannot be executed well if your health is not at its best. In a world where achieving so much within a short timeframe appears outstanding, it’s easy to sacrifice health. Manage your priorities well so you can get enough sleep. Sleep is, in fact, an underestimated ingredient for success. At first, not getting enough sleep won’t immediately directly affect your performance, but gradually, you’ll notice how sleep deprivation contributes to poor memory and communication, slow reaction time, mood swings, and fatigue. Studies also show that sleep-deprived people feel more pessimistic and depressed than those who are well-rested. If your sleep is always restricted to 4 hours every night, a 30-minute nap time in the middle of the day will help recharge you.