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How do you serve without seeking glory?

January 16, 2018
Sadly many people who do good for others have their own selfish needs and agendas. It is a part of human nature that needs validation but many times people who serve do it with their own needs in mind instead of the needs of others.
To ensure you are not doing this we must ask ourselves a few simple questions –
  1. What are my motives?
  2. Am I aligned to this person/cause that I am choosing to serve?
  3. Am I experiencing balance in my giving and receiving in the overall context of my life?
Whenever we give with an expectation of what we will receive or we are calculating and keeping score of our generosity – what we have given to others or in comparison with others it is not selfless giving.   Selfless giving is truly giving without any expectation of receiving in return but to achieve this and be authentic in your giving your life has to first be in balance.
Take stock, in all the areas of your life, do you receive validation, praise, love and generosity from other people. If you can answer yes to this question you will have a full cup to give to others. If you can’t answer yes you will always have a hidden and maybe even subconscious agenda when giving to others as your cup will be empty and you will have less to give.
Charity, self less giving and generosity has to be done with a clean heart, with clean motives and with love motivation. To achieve this consistently so that you never feel taken advantage of, mistreated or taken for granted your cup has to be full. First we must fill our own cup and then we must have balanced and reciprocal personal relationships that fortify us and add great value to our lives.
We must also be truly passionate and aligned with the people and cause we are serving. If we are not in alignment we will feel it. The motivation will die off over time or you may find yourself quantifying what you give and keeping a score of sorts. If and when this happens ask yourself if you really feel connected and aligned to what you are serving and if not change your project, focus or cause. Changing the people or purpose that you serve does not diminish your good intentions in any way, in fact it strengthens your authenticity and ensures that both parties receive a more energized and ongoing exchange.
We all feel aligned to different people, causes, things and ideas. In this new year of 2018 be strategic, intent, self less and reciprocal in your service and generosity. Lead by example, be accountable to yourself for your motives and seek no glory, recognition or ego points…this is true service…
Nicole

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