Gratitude in giving: The key to receiving

Christmas is nearly here! It is the season to make merry. As much of the world winds down for the festive season, people can look back on their progress in business. The question most will ask themselves: ‘Have I done well this year, and how can I go on to achieve more?’

The answer to the first question depends on people’s individual metrics of success. It may be posting that first annual profit. It may be successfully setting up a business in the first place, getting started on the path to true financial independence. Whatever it is that you seek, in terms of achieving more in the future, it is important to realise that the key to receiving more lies in giving. It is the generous of heart that will ultimately get what they want from the universe. This is a constant theme in the books written by some of the world’s most successful people, from Robert Kiyosaki to Brendan Burchard. This simple act of giving back whether to people or communities that are in need is a great way of broadcasting to the universe at large that you are an abundant person who expects to receive in return.

By engaging in giving back to people, we attune ourselves to the psychology of abundance. We have more, so we can give more. In turn the universe gives back to us. This is a great way of thinking about it. What we contribute doesn’t have to be money. It doesn’t have to be financial. It can be anything else, like time taken to volunteer for charity, advice or simply taking a couple of minutes to listen to other people’s problems. Any of these can help imprint a stronger sense of purpose in your life besides simply wanting to enrich only yourself.

The festive season in winter is a great time to enjoy with family and friends. It is important to bear in mind that the original spirit of Christmas was about compassion and empathy for those of us who are less well off, not just the rampant materialism that fills our TV screens today.  The more we think about others this festive season, the more we can generate a sense of ambition and positive growth for ourselves.

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