We are always looking for that great deal, the blowout sale, or the win of a negotiation. It’s definitely a thrill. I don’t know about you but I feel like I’ve won a prize when I score some of those unreal snags! But what if instead of GETTING something for the win…we give? What if we are presented with the opportunity to give?
Power of Intention
Over the past two months, I have restructured my small business. There have been many times where I thought, I should charge more, say no to certain requests, and even at times, doubting what I was doing completely. But each time this happened, I felt almost as if God was sending me a message, telling me to open up my heart and take the opportunity to give. So that is exactly what I did. The interesting thing about being given the opportunity to give is that we all encounter this in different ways every single day.
People can give in so many ways, tangible and intangible. I really believe in the power of intention and that what you put out into the world comes back to you in even greater ways (good and bad). When I was younger, I would have scoffed at this idea and even written it off as some new age, hippy garbage. Well. not so much anymore. I’ve seen the proof.
Generosity and the Opportunity to Give
When my husband and I decided to open our business, we started with basically nothing more than a huge dream and a lot of little loans. We did (and are still doing) everything ourselves to get our business together. We’ve put so much blood, sweat, and tears into getting it off the ground. We are still brand new and barely lifting this jet plane of the runway, but at least we are on the runway! Along the way, we have had some surmountable generosity come our way. Each time it feels like a message, to encourage me to give to someone else.
Give it Away
Through our business journey, I’ve met some amazing people. One, in particular, is a woman who runs a very successful business with four locations at the moment and she always takes the opportunity to give! She started her business small, much like we are doing. One of the most poignant things she has said to me is “just give it away, people will come back to you.” This is exactly what I did.
The opportunity to give has been presented to me numerous times. I could have charged a premium for an item, or increased a price for lessons, or charged for a painting I did on a whim. Instead, I resolved to take those opportunities to give instead. The tugging feeling that I had to give was there and I took it. Now, you may be saying to yourself, that doesn’t sound like good business sense at all! How in the world will she ever succeed? I am trusting my intentions. I will put good out into the world and I am already receiving it back in so many ways, through relationships, contacts, business, and personal gains!
Starting the new year off, I will continue to look for opportunities to give. It’s not a resolution, but a continuation of an intention set from someone else (I believe), and that is how the karma continues. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to give, you’ll be amazed at how your own life will change for the better.