Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope you’re having a great holiday season this year. So what do you give the people who give so much to others? Today, I want to give you the gift of inspiration that you provide me with throughout the year.
So what gifts can I provide that you can re-gift and still use them throughout the year? I’ll start with a single question and then on to opening and sharing these wonderful gifts.
The question is “Who inspires you to be more than you think you can be?” In my case, it’s Jesus Christ. Every year I feel like I’m getting to know him better by the special people he brings into my life. He always knows how to help me grow in faith and inspiration. I’m always amazed by how much inspiration he provides me on a regular basis. He’s the one of the gifts that my parents gave me that just keeps on giving.
So now what’s under the tree this year for Developing Serving Leaders? Make sure you take time to enjoy each of these gifts today and over the coming year. Share them and watch how your life changes. You may be amazed by how your world changes as you begin sharing and using these gifts. I’m giving these as Christmas gifts, but they work for all of you who want to change the world through service to others.
The first gift for Christmas is appreciation. Serving leaders need to develop and nurture a sense of appreciation for what’s going on in their lives. The faster you can appreciate what you already have, the more open you are to all that’s unfolding in your life.
The second gift for Christmas is compassion. How open is your heart to others? Because serving leaders are exposed to so many situations, it is critical to open up your heart to others. Compassion means as many things as there are people in the world. For me, compassion is feeling with the heart when the mind would rather think about what something really means. Compassion begins in giving and returns to you in love.
The third gift of Christmas is clarity. The more you become clear, the faster you can see situations for what they really are. Clarity provides you the ability to know how to do what’s right for you. The earlier gifts provide you a great view of the world, clarity provides you a better view of the divinity in every moment.
The fourth gift of Christmas is alignment. There’s nothing sadder than a serving leader who is out of alignment with their Creator, whoever they believe it to be. We can’t solve problems at the level they were created, we need to bring our best to find the best solution for all. We need alignment to help create breakthrough solutions to our world’s most challenging problems. Alignment allows you to be the best you can at any moment or conversation.
The final gift for Christmas is trust. Without trust, the other gifts only deliver a small part of their potential impact. With trust, all things are possible in our world. To embrace this final gift, you must learn to trust yourself. The biggest shift we need to make in 2015 and beyond is we must begin trusting ourselves again. If you cannot trust yourself, you can never trust others. Inside every person is a part that knows how to trust. Learn to tap into this and you can accomplish amazing things.
The second form of trust is knowing how much you can trust the intentions of others to be the best they can at the moment they are in. Learning to trust others provides you extraordinary opportunities for growth and expansion. Learn how to develop trust again and watch how quickly your world changes.
Finally, we started out with the idea of who inspires you in this life. I share several ideas that help serving leaders get the most out of their lives. Its called What Do Successful Entrepreneurs Want This Christmas?
See you Tuesday.