The Mindset of Being Generous

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This week we have been talking about the power of a positive mindset trying to figure out what it can do for you and the success of your business. Today I will talk to you a bit about being generous. We will find out what being generous has to do with finding your success.

When I say being generous, I guarantee you that 99% of your thought of money, being generous with money. The truth is that most people understand the idea of being generous but they also believe that they got to pay themselves first. However, the idea about being generous that I will bring to you today has very little to do with how much you give away, it has nothing to do with money. It will have everything to do with the mindset of how you can help other people.

There are more other things apart from money you can be generous with. There is your time, your talents and your treasures if that’s what represents your money. Are you generous with your time? Do you connect with customers, other businessmen and new people you meet? Engaging them in a relationship asking them what they do in the community and trying to find ways in which your lives intersect. If you are a service provider making sure you deliver ample value for the value your customer is giving you. That’s being generous with your time. You can do the same with your talents. Those things you can do in a community that other people can’t do or find it difficult doing.

Money and treasures also do apply and you should also be generous with those as well not only because you should but because it develops this mindset of thinking about money that most people don’t have. Think about this: If you develop a mindset that money was easy to come by and therefore giving it away is no big deal it might be difficult to get generous with it but if you approach it from a different mindset that you can give money away and therefore making it must not be difficult, you will attract the same thing you give away. If you want new things to come into your life you have to let go of some of the old to make room for the new. That applies to everything; money, people, treasures, talents and business.

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Hey there folks, good morning. My name is Thom Rigsby from thomrigsby.com. This week we’re talking about mindset and today we’re talking about being generous. What is being generous have to do with finding your success? Well, stay tuned, I’ll tell you. 7 Minutes in the Morning is coming right up.

Hey there folks, good morning and welcome. This is 7 Minutes in the Morning; it’s your daily dose from me, your business coach. My name is Thom Rigsby and this is the show where we take one topic every day, break it down and help you build a better business. This week we’ve been talking about mindset and the power of a positive mindset. What it can do for you and your success in your business. Today I want to talk to you a little bit about being generous.

A lot of people understand the ideas of being generous. I want to be generous, I want to help other people, but they also believe they’ve had somebody say somewhere, “Well, you’ve got to pay yourself first.” Here’s the idea behind being generous, it has absolutely zero to do with how much you give away. It’s got nothing to do with money; it has to do with a mindset. How can you help other people? I say ‘being generous’ and I guarantee 99 per cent of you thought ‘money’, being generous with money but there is more than money that you can be generous with.

You have time, you have talents and you have treasures. If treasures represent your money, how are you being generous with your time? When you have customers come in to your retail space, do you get them in, get them out, get them in, get them paid, get them out as fast as possible? Are you spending time with them, building a relationship? When you go networking events and do you treat it like a speed dating event. You try to get around to everybody in the room, collect as many business cards as you can or you’re being generous with your time? You are engaging in a relationship with that person that you just met. Ask them about their business; ask them about what they’re involved in, in the community. See if there are ways that your lives intersect.

Be generous with your time. If you’re a service provider like me, you sell your time, make sure that you’re delivering ample value for the value that your customer is giving you. For example, I do one on one coaching. Generally we do that in hour long sessions. We know if we’re deep into it and that 60 minutes mark comes rolling around I’m not going to say “Up and the rest of it away for next week.” We go ahead and we finish that topic. I’m generous with the time that I gave to the people who’ve been generous enough to give me value in the form of some kind of compensation. So next time be generous with your time.

What about your talents? In your community you can do things that other people can’t do. We were talking about this with a friend yesterday, how some things seem so simple to us because as a business owner we get into business in an area that seems simple to us. So we look at it sometimes and we’ve this tendency to think “Oh, that’s easy, nobody is going to pay me for that.” For somebody that’s very difficult. Here’s a great example. I was visiting with our oldest daughter not too long ago and she asked me to change a light bulb. I said “Yeah, sure I’ll change the light bulb.” I reached up and changed the light bulb. I said “Well, is that hard?” And she’s like “Well, I just have to bring the step stool down from upstairs and now I’ve got to …” and it didn’t even occur to me that she’s about this tall on me and her reach isn’t the same reach that I have. So something that was very simple for me was a bit of an ordeal for her. Those things occur in your community, both on your physical community, your online community, your business and personal communities.

What are ways that you can be generous with your talents in that community? Money does apply, treasures also applies. Be generous with those as well. There’s a reason for this, it’s not just because you should. But it develops as mindset; it develops a way of thinking about those things that most people don’t have. Think about this for a minute. If you developed a mindset that money was easy to come by and so giving it away is no big deal. That might be difficult, but if you approached it from the other direction and say “I can give money away and so making it must not be a big deal.” It puts you into a position where “Ok, I’ve got to.” Instead what most people do is “You know, when I make my millions I will be very generous with it.” How about be generous with what you already have and if you believe in mindset then the millions will come. You will attract the same thing that you give away. You have to make more room in your life. If you want new things to come into your life, you have to let go of some of the old to make room for the new. That applies to money, it applies to people, it applies to talents, treasures, business – everything. If you want new to come in, you’ve got to let go of some of the old.

What do you think about that? Does that resonate with your or is that just sound like a bunch left field [hoodie?] to you. Either way, I would love to get an e-mail from you telling me what you think. You can send that e-mail to thom@thomrigsby.com or go ahead and tweet me on Twitter. You can find me there at Thom Rigsby. Either way, I want to hear from you. Send those cards and letters. Tomorrow is Friday; we’ll be back with another mindset topic and the solid blessing and wish for the weekend. Until then, my name is Thom Rigsby and I’m your business coach.