“We are never doing anyone any favors by withholding our gifts from the world. It’s scary to be fierce, but you can’t compromise that for fear of losing those around you.” —Idina Menzel
By Elizabeth Stincelli, DM
What Do You Have to Give?
Every one of us has a gift to share. I’m not talking about material gifts, I’m talking about the gifts that don’t cost a thing but can make the biggest difference in the lives of others. These are the gifts that uplift others. What do you have to give? Every one of us can give T.I.P.S.; they won’t cost you a thing.
Mary Kay Ash believed, “No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.” Time is a limited resource, but it may possibly be the most valuable gift you can give. When you are willing to share the gift of your precious time, it shows people you really care. Take the time to make family, friends, colleagues, and those in your community feel important.
Colm Keaveney said, “Discipline and unconditional support is earned by understanding, trust, and inclusion.” Everyone desires a sense of belonging, to be part of a community. What a simple but meaningful gift to share; helping others feel part of something bigger. Whether it be a family, team, organization, or other community, people want to feel that they fit in, that they have something in common with those around them, and that they are welcome and accepted.
Oprah Winfrey tells us, “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” And then, share that excitement with others. Help them find purpose and meaning in the everyday things they do. Share the gift of your passion and ignite a fire inside others that will fill their lives with energy, excitement, and a passion of their own.
Ann Landers explained, “People who care about each other enjoy doing things for one another. They don’t consider it servitude.” Whether you are a leader, a colleague, a friend, or a neighbor, be of service. The gift of your service can lift others, lighten their load, and improve their lives. You will find that being of service to others benefits you more than it does them by providing a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
Sharing Your Gifts
Sabrina Bryan said, “You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.” Help those in your life accomplish great things by sharing the gifts that only you can give. Give of your precious time. Share acceptance and a sense of community. Spread your passion. And, be of service to others. When you share your gifts, you are the one who reaps the rewards. Be fierce and share your gifts with the world.
© 2014 Elizabeth Stincelli
Elizabeth Stincelli is passionate about recognizing and inspiring the leader in each of us. She is the CEO of Stincelli Advisors where she focuses on helping organizations engage employees and improve organizational culture. Elizabeth holds a Doctor of Management degree with an emphasis on organizational leadership.
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