In the first chapter of his book, Sanders shares an inspiring story about how his Grandma, Billye was able to help a man in need, even though she didn’t even have much herself. She explains to Tim, “Because we were able to share, we’re worth something. There’s bank account rich, and there’s rich in spirit. The second kind is achieved when you make a difference. It’s the forever kind of rich that no one can take away from you but you.”
That “rich feeling” somehow creates an inward confidence that encourages us to seek out more opportunities to give. And a positive cycle of giving and even receiving often gains momentum.
But sometimes, as Tim Sanders shares, crisis or change might bring this cycle to a screeching halt. And instead of continuing to look outward and give, we become self-consumed. We forget habits of kindness and generosity because we are just in our own worlds, trying to protect the “little” we have. We start feeding our minds and engaging in habits that are more fear-based and destructive, than uplifting and inspiring.
I believe as women, it’s very important to do whatever we can to be as “rich” as we can be – according to Billeye’s definition. And that really can happen when we protect our minds and habits from any negative, fearful, and self-focused patterns.
How to Be Rich
What are some things in our lives and businesses that we can do to become “rich”? Some of the things below are inspired from Tim in his book:
- Feed your mind positive content – Biographies, inspirational, faith-based content, motivational talks, and optimistic, energetic friends/colleagues are great sources for ideas and encouragement.
- Share what you have to give – Go out on a limb and give away something of value, without charging or expecting anything in return. It could be a sample, a piece of insightful advice, or a cup of tea and a listening ear. All could mean the world to the receiver at just the right moment.
- Practice gratitude – It seems like I keep hearing this principle everywhere. From my favorite book last year, 1000 Gifts by Ann Voscamp to a yoga class I attended last night, this habit – and ultimately a heart-condition – is life-changing. When we are truly grateful, we are less focused on our needs and issues and freed up to really give to others. Show appreciation in both words and gestures. Write a “thank-you card” for a job well done. Send a motivational book or a surprise gift to someone who shared an idea that impacted your life. Over time, this habit becomes a very “rich” way of life.
Do you feel rich today? What is one thing – big or small – that you can do for someone right now?