We all live on value we deliver. In our companies, communities and families.
I have been repeating those two sentences quite often recently.
But it made me also think and realize that we don’t have to necessarily do grand things for someone to deliver value.
Sometimes it is enough to do a small thing that – for some reasons – we neglect to do. Thus, we deprive others of the value we can give them. And we deprive ourselves of the joy we get from doing it.
Here are seven ways you can use to instantly create value in someone else’s day and life. And by doing it, you create value for yourself, too.
Think of something that makes you smile. Did you smile? Did you feel better?
How do you react when someone smiles to you?
Smiling makes both of you feel good. Even if you don’t feel like it. Smiling forces positive emotions. Smiling is contagious. And it takes a lot of negative will power not to smile back.
Read more about the benefits and ways to establish smiling as your good habit here.
Say ‘thank you’
This is a mostly underestimated way to create value to people.
I love James Clear’s post on the use of ‘thank you’ in various situations.
Say thank you as often as possible. Because, besides giving value to others, with each ‘thank you’ you make yourself realize how much of the abundance you have and experience.
The best present you can give to someone is to be present. When you are with someone, based on their need of attention and connection, be there not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally.
What a great gesture it is to put down or switch off and hide a mobile phone when you sit down to talk to someone?
And when you talk to someone, part of your valuable presence is to listen.
Don’t wait for your turn to speak. Don’t constantly process what you hear to be able to react.
Listen, then think about what you heard, and only then respond. With something that can bring value to the other person. A solution to a problem. Or simply understanding of their situation.
Have you ever caught yourself thinking someone did something great, but you didn’t speak about it? That’s a common thing people neglect to do. At the same time, they crave for appreciation from the other side.
When something positive comes to your mind in reference to another person, speak about it loud. Appreciate, praise, compliment. It costs you nothing.
To help, you don’t have to lend your money. To help, you don’t have to overspend your time.
What you can do, however, is to think if, based on what you know, you can share something that will move the needle.
An inspiration, a resource, a solution. Or maybe your physical action if someone needs your helping hand.
Finally, you can give something to someone. It can be something tangible or something imperceptible.
Mind that as the beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the value is in the perception of the receiver.
Not always what you consider valuable yourself can be equally valuable to others. That’s why your time you can spend with someone can be more valuable than whatever you can buy for them.
These are seven small, simple actions you can take every day to bring value to people around you. Your only cost is your intention and will.
Why not do that?
Make a fabulous day 🙂
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