LIVE TO ADD VALUE TO OTHER PEOPLE
The greatest resource God has given us is PEOPLE. In our life time, we will meet so many
people. Some will influence us in one way or the other. Others will be immediately forgotten.
We should aim at impacting the lives of people around us.
It took me long to identify this aspect in my life. I am more interested in adding value to
those around me and those that I come across. I do this by what I call the 3 "I"s mainly:
a. Inspiring people
b. Imparting knowledge and skills
c. Impacting people’s lives.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to
those who are of the household of faith.
In order to realise this, I decided on the most important aspect in my life. This prompted me
to seek to do the same in the lives of other people. We call it ADDING VALUE. Your values
are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work. They determine
your priorities, and, deep down, they're probably the measures you use to tell if your life is
turning out the way you want it to.
When the things that you do and the way you behave match your values, life is usually good.
You’re satisfied and content. But when these don't align with your values, that's when things
feel wrong. This can be a real source of unhappiness. This is why making a conscious effort
to identify your values is so important.
Identifying and understanding your values is a challenging and important exercise. Your
values are a central part of who you are and who you want to be. By becoming more aware of
these important factors in your life, you can use them as a guide to make the best choice in
any situation and become useful to others in your spheres of influence.
Values add character and substance to your personality, which in addition to your style, is
what will drive how you will value others. Knowing your values also gives you precious
insight into your strengths and your flaws. When you identify your own strengths and
limitations, it is easy to recognize them in other people as well.
Living your values means consciously choosing a value-based approach to life and acting out
that approach on a day-to-day basis. To live your values means to become more honestly
aware of yourself and to live in closer harmony with your beliefs. Talking about values may
have very little to do with living your values. Ultimately, your values are identified by what
you do, not by what you say.
When people think about you, do they say to themselves, "My life is better because of that
person"? Their response probably answers the question of whether you are adding value to
them. To succeed personally, you must try to help others. That's why Zig Ziglar says, "You
can get everything in life you want if you help enough other people get what they
want." How do you do that? How can you turn your focus from yourself and start adding
value to others? You can do it by:
1. Putting others first in your thinking.
2. Finding out what others need.
3. Meeting that need with excellence and generosity.
Always take time and ask yourself: How can I add value to others? Think about how your
values have impact on others. Key to adding values on others is by practicing the said values.
We say, you lead by example.
People work better when they are working towards the same goal. When agendas or
expectations differ, confusion often wins over production. Author Unknown.
I believe that the spirit and attitude with which you do things is at least as important as your
actual actions. When you embrace and incorporate powerful values, you start living with
more integrity, honesty, compassion and enthusiasm. This, in turn, will breathe new life into
the lives of others. People are more important than things. Let’s put more value in other
people and if possible go an extra kilometer to add value to others around us.
You are NOT IN AN ISLAND. There are people around you. What can you do to add value
to them? Live for this.