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We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.

Sir Winston Churchill
1874 - 1965

This Week's Inspiration

The Gift of Giving!



To make a present of; to grant or bestow by formal action; to put into the possession of another for his or her use; to commit to another as a trust or responsibility and usually for an expressed reason; to transfer from one's authority or custody to execute and deliver; to convey to another; to offer to the action of another

Are You a Giver?

Would our world be a better place if everyone embraced the act of giving?

You bet!

Giving is one of the great paradoxes in life—the more you give, the more you receive.

We don't give to get, but the outcome of giving is receiving.

Here's a quote that outlines the truth of the matter.



You can cling to what you have and lose it all, or you can give freely and become wealthy. Generosity brings wealth and satisfaction. One can be rich and not satisfied. Generosity brings true wealth—not only the monetary kind, but the wealth that comes from connections with others. If you want to be wealthy, give freely! Refresh others and your own soul will be refreshed.

Diane Eble
Author of Abundant Gifts

Everyone can participate in the act of giving, no matter your condition or situation.

Sometimes I think our society models selfishness and status as being important, but giving is the ultimate equalizer of soul and spirit. Imagine, if you will, two individuals volunteering to serve meals at a homeless shelter. One is a wealthy and prominent civic leader. The other is on social assistance. Does anyone care about their background, education, or bank balance? No. Their contribution at the shelter is all about the act of giving.

People who do not have a generous spirit are described as selfish and miserly. Who wants to be characterized like that?!

The statement it's better to give than receive has been proven by researchers—the act of giving improves your well-being and health. When you give, your brainwave activity is similar to the high that cocaine users experience. Your overall happiness improves when you give.

Almost without exception, the givers in a research project strongly believed they received more benefits from their act of giving than did the recipients. Prior to participating in this research project, the participants where not givers. All agreed afterward that they would no longer hoard their gifts, talents, and resources.

Giving doesn't have to be complicated. It can be as simple as offering a compliment, a thank you, or a few words of appreciation.

Our family is blessed with individuals who model generosity on a daily basis. They have not only directly impacted the people receiving the gifts, they have encouraged our entire familykids includedand others around us to do the same.

Here are real-life examples of generosity.

The message this month is simple.

To help you on your journey of winning, I recommend several CRG resources. My 88-page workbook, My Source EXPERIENCE Journal™, will take you on a personal discovery that will assist you in confirming and affirming your purpose and passions in life.

As building blocks, I also suggest the Values Preference Indicator, Self-Worth Inventory, Stress Indicator and Health Planner, and the Personal Style Indicator.

Follow these Action Steps and complete the recommended resources, to help you increase your impact with others.

This Week's Action Steps

The Gift of Giving!

  1. Would others call you generous? If not, why not?

  2. Take a moment to think of all the ways you have helped people and the times you have been generous. How did that make the recipient feel? How did you feel?

  3. I want to personally challenge every person reading this ezine to turn up your giving a notch this very week. Adjust your mindset to be open to all opportunities as they arise.

  4. Giving comes in many forms—time, expertise, resources, encouragement, compliments, and other ways. Now list or at least think about new ways you can be generous this week.

  5. If you have already achieved success with Action Step 4 above, how did it make everybody feel?

  6. Your generosity should play to your strengths, gifts, and talents. I volunteer as an MC for several community events. I love to do it and it fills their need. My brother-in-law, on the other hand, helps people repair their cars. Each of us has a unique role to play.

  7. Generosity from the core of your being is impactful. To help you get clearer on your purpose or calling, I encourage you to engage the process outlined step-by-step in My Source EXPERIENCE Journal™A Personal Discovery Process for Those Who Want to Lead a Passionate and Fulfilling Life.

  8. Benchmark your gifts, talents, and preferences with the following assessments. Your results will assist you to make better decisions—with confidence and clarity. As part of the clarification process, we recommend four specific assessments.

  9. Today, let us all be more generous and enjoy the feel-good benefits of giving!

Until next time, keep Living On Purpose!

Ken Keis

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