We often spend most of our lives striving for those things we think matter the most… a gratifying career, the appropriate title, the right house in the right neighborhood, happy and successful kids, an abundant bank account, etc. Yet, many individuals never reach the point that they can honestly say they have everything they want. You might recall the book written by Rick Warren in 2002 called, The Purpose Driven Life. The book topped the Wall Street Journal best seller charts as well as Publishers Weekly charts with over 30 million copies sold by 2007. The Purpose Driven Life was also on the New York Times Bestseller List for over 90 weeks. The popularity of this book demonstrated a desire for individuals to understand their purpose and, ultimately, to attain a rich and meaningful life.
Many have attempted to distill into words how you can attain a satisfying life. Zig Ziglar, popular author and speaker, once said:
“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”
I particularly like Ziglar’s thoughts on this subject for several reasons. Certainly, it has as its focus service to others. However, it highlights a clear benefit to us when we actively strive to help others. In short, there is a benefit both to others and ourselves when to serve them. In essence, when you change the center of your universe away from yourself, you personally benefit. I have found personally that when I need encouragement, it comes to me in abundance when I look to benefit others. Serving others can lift you out of the valley, when you find yourself there.
So, bottom line… unless a significant part of your life is spend in improving the lives of others, you may not feel as fulfilled as you would like. So, give this a test… do something today for someone else and see what benefit comes back at you. Test Ziglar’s theory that your life is enhanced, when you enhance the life of someone else.
Have a fabulous day! There is still a chance this could be our best day yet!
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