Giving Could Be The Lift You’re Looking For

Brent BaldwinQuick question: Are you feeling a little donor fatigue? Does it seem like every cash register you sashay up to has a request for a small donation, or your friends and family are out collecting for the “cause” of the month? Are you continually beseeched by schools, marathons, and groups both big and small seeking a financial donation?

The need seems to grow exponentially year after year. Meanwhile, the emotional motivation to give supersedes the practicality of prudent budgeting. It’s enough to find ourselves with the dilemma of feeling overwhelmed, unfocused and out-of-control at times.

Drawing a Line In The Sand

The result can leave us sporting a hardened façade of resistance and often guilt. These causes do need us, and God bless the amazing work that they do.

Like anything else, philanthropic commitments need to be thought out. Is this an emotional donation, in which case no further explanation required. Or is it part of your planned giving.

Giving Gives

Whatever your motivation understand this one important, but often overlooked notion, giving is multi-dimensional. Specifically, your donation offers obvious benefits to the recipient groups and participants, but also giving gives to those who give. It can lift you up, bestow feelings of self-satisfaction, and an innate knowing that you have personally contributed to the betterment of the world.

Give your time, give of your talents and abilities, be present and engaged in your gifts, and give financially to the causes that move and inspire you, make giving personal.

Budget your tithe and plan your giving.

Don’t miss the opportunity to give, it can heal not only the target of your gift, but it can lift you up and inspire you beyond your wildest imagination.

Giving makes you feel aware and alive; most importantly it takes us out of ourselves and provides us with a purpose beyond the worry and fear of our internal dialogue. Feeling down or blue get in front of a cause and step in to lift someone else up. Giving promotes community, it will release and awaken the greater good that indwells in you. Giving takes us out of our head and into compassion and empathy.

Giving allows us to see ourselves and others through a lens of hope rather than one of despair.

Yes indeed, giving sets an example, from a small gift a ripple can become a tsunami, giving is contagious and it starts with you and me.

The greatest gifts are those we receive when we give ~ Think World Class

Don’t Know Why I Know ~ Just Do

Brent BaldwinNot all decisions that we make are the result of analytical thought or reasoning. Many of our everyday decisions are intuitive. It doesn’t matter what you call it; a hunch, impulse or a creative idea; sometimes you just don’t know why you know ~ you just do. This is intuition.

To the best of my knowledge intuition remains this ever-present mystery. A mystery that is beyond being quantified, qualified, defined, consistently trusted or understood.

Every one of us has intuition, and we rely on it with surprising regularity.

Apparently, intuition resonates with the creative feeling side of our thoughts and actions, while analytical understanding remains the foundation of reason and justification. Does empirical evidence trump a gut feeling? Is intuition just being lazy or is it an innate early warning system that has evolved within us? Are intuitive people better listeners, or are they more observant?

How do we become more intuitive or maybe the question should be, do we want to be more intuitive? Is being analytical more desirable or enviable as a personality trait? Do the analytics have an advantage?

Bottom line, it is not an either-or situation we need both the intuitive and the analytical; it would be foolish to choose one or the other exclusively. That would be like choosing idealism over realism both are essential to our existence and more often than not both are influenced by each other.

What I know for sure is that intuition is not to be ignored, listen to your belly button and heed your intuition. Don’t mistrust intuition, just the opposite. But always weigh it with a good measure of both feelings and reason.

When you know; you know ~ Think World Class

THE RENEGADE

Brent BaldwinFor a leader stuck in the tried and true, renegade’s can be hard to handle and unnecessarily disruptive.

Brings to mind the ole metaphor, “They’re like herding cats” except these cats seem to be confrontational and constantly at the ready with an unnecessary WHY? In any hierarchal organization, you often hear them referred to as ~ a pain in the ass.

It becomes annoying when the renegade’s challenge is about a job that has always been part of an established practice or routine. Especially, when all that was previously required, to get this done, was nothing more than a direct request to do it.

The renegade can make the simplest routine seem like it’s re-invented and now requires rationalization and explanation. It’s enough to make you want to scream a Nike slogan “JUST DO IT!”

Why not just get on with it?

The real question should be, is there a better way? The thing about routines, is they get stale. Anything done by rote has the potential to be done without much thought. The only value in most of these routines is the expectation of completion within a known timeline.

Doesn’t mean it’s right or best.

Why should we do the things we have always done. The only advantage may be that they offer a predictable result, completed within a known amount of time?

Better or best is out of the equation.

Leaders Lead

Part of the responsibility of being a leader is leading everyone, not just the compliant and malleable. Unless you, as a leader, feel threatened by open conversation, and interpret anyone asking WHY as an insubordinate and a direct threat to your authority. If that’s you, then I suggest you aren’t much of a leader but rather someone who directs shit as it rolls down hill.

Great leaders allow others to explore alternatives within agreed parameters. Like anything else, exploring or stepping into the unknown requires agreement and understanding of the outer limits.  Looking at alternatives to existing routines requires some latitude, more than a bit of patience, and a decent dollop of awareness. 

Strangely enough, some renegades are not welcoming of other renegades within their fold. Maybe they feel threatened that they will lose their unique “pain in the ass” status.

The good organization allows the renegade latitude and real leaders let all members of the team exercise their inner rebel.

There are great ideas within your organization, ideas that are just waiting to be brought out into the light of day to make the ordinary extraordinary or the mundane exciting.

Let’s not be foolish; not all ideas are going to be home runs. All it takes is a couple of innovative changes to make the disruption of those ideas that didn’t work worthwhile.

Let others express their inner renegade ~ Think World Class