Was 2016 a disappointing year for you? Maybe you lost a loved one or separated from your spouse. Perhaps you lost your job or your finances took a big hit. Maybe it was an uneventful year and you just feel like you’ve fallen into a rut and are merely existing and have lost a zest for life.
Whatever the reason, you are stalled going into 2017 and even feel anxious about your future. There were times in my life when I experienced great frustration. I felt like I was putting in the hard work with no results. I questioned my path and even lashed out at my loved ones as anger boiled in my gut, because life was not unfolding the way I hoped. You may be feeling something similar right now and are not sure what to do next. So, what do you do, when life has stalled and you become frustrated or depressed?
The remedy is to serve others. I can’t explain what changes in your heart when you take your eyes off your own life and begin to focus on others, but you gain a new perspective on life when you shift your paradigm onto other people and look for ways to help them.
Clarity comes with service. Experiencing the beauty of service cleanses your soul and allows you to look at life differently. You forget your own problems as you focus on others, and you even gain a new-found appreciation for your own life as your eyes open to the greater pain others experience. You even count your blessings as you realize that there is so much to be thankful for if you only took the time to notice. Best-selling author, Dr. John C. Maxwell, calls this phenomenon, “the elevator principle”, which means that you cannot help to be uplifted as you lift others up in service.
Serving humanity distracts your mind from your problems and allows it to untangle your own obstacles, subconsciously, as you help others. You become more creative and find hope again as you assist folks that may be hopeless in the moment. It’s a beautiful thing, really, that to help yourself, you must help others first.
My start as a speaker began with the desire to inspire others to pursue their own dreams. I communicated through this blog and at conferences and events across the country so that I may motivate and inspire others to not give up on life, and during that time, I discovered my own dream. Now I get paid to serve people through my talks and presentations as a professional speaker.
If you’re stuck with little to look forward to in 2017, then why not start with one simple goal, help others. Look for ways to serve someone this week and then the next. Continue in that service and you will find that a healthy perspective will develop in your life. Serve others and inspiration will find its way back into your own life. I guarantee it! Whom can you serve today? Are you looking?