Last December I started a new daily habit I think you will love. I’m not going to lie, it was kind of hard at first. When I told a friend about it, her response was, “EVERY DAY?!” Any idea what it is?
Before I tell you, let me fill you in on this whole habit thing. On our journey to freedom, my husband, Jer, and I have a lot of huge projects we’re working on. It can be a bit overwhelming sometimes.
The gist of it is that I broke my big overwhelming goals into small daily habits. For example, rather than saving my downsizing project for my next open weekend, I dedicate 30 minutes each day. And it’s actually working!I broke my big overwhelming goals into small daily habits. Click To Tweet
In addition to downsizing, I have 15 other habits I try to do each day. That might seem like a lot, but some are little things that I need to be reminded of, like taking my multivitamin. It’s basically a list of small habits that are going to ensure that I get where I want to be five years from now.
Are you curious what this new habit is?
The habit is giving value to others. Random acts of kindness focused on people I know and encounter.
Each day I find a way to help someone else work on their big bold dreams.Each day I find a way to help someone else work on their big bold dreams. Click To Tweet
Some days I review and give feedback on projects people are working on. Sometimes I send a note to someone I’ve worked with detailing what they did exceptionally well. Some days I pass along resources that will be helpful to someone I know.
It can be anything, as long as it provides real value.
This habit was more difficult to adopt than I anticipated. I want to add value to the lives of others, but I don’t always know what I should give and to who. Now that I’m a couple of months in, I’ve become more adept at recognizing needs and opportunities to give.
The opportunities are everywhere!
A few weeks ago, my husband and I purchased a new-used car. While we were waiting to sign the paperwork, we chatted with the young salesman. When my husband asked what he went to school for, his eyes lit up as he talked about his passion for singing and performing.
The next week I sent him a note telling him what I saw and shared some ideas and resources that could help him create a side hustle while pursuing his passion. It’s really that simple.
Now that giving value has become a habit, I can say that it’s one of the most fulfilling commitments I’ve made. Occasionally I spend a couple of hours on it, but most days it’s less than 15 minutes.
This tiny amount of time helps me stay focused on serving others throughout the day. It helps shift my focus from my self. And it provides a daily sense of purpose.This tiny amount of time helps me stay focused on serving others throughout the day. Click To Tweet
It’s a wonderful little practice.
I would like to challenge you to do the same. Would you commit to creating value for others for the next 30 days? If you love it, you can keep doing it. If not you can ditch it.
Make sure and come back to let me know how it goes!
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