2020 Might Be The Year To Change How You Give

Oct 29, 2020

Do you remember back to when you were first learning to exercise your generosity "muscle?"

Everyone has an initial launching point in their journey of generosity. And over the years, I have found that for some people their launching point is not necessarily very "holy" or "groundbreaking." 

Sometimes it's something very simple and tangible like:

  • tax savings
  • obligation
  • a relationship

Now I know for you, something like tax savings is not a motivation, but an added benefit of being a generous giver. As my pastor says:

 

"We don't give to get, we get to give."

 

I know I have been challenged in recent years to give when it doesn't even provide me a tax benefit. The intangible benefits of being a giver are way better than a temporary tax benefit.

But for others, maybe someone you know, 2020 might be the year that changes how they give. And maybe they need a tax benefit to take the...

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I Forgot The Number One Rule

Oct 13, 2020
 

I woke up this morning discouraged and I did something about it and I thought it might be helpful for you. 

I decided to celebrate the wins.

I was talking to my wife the other day, who is juggling, what, seven full-time jobs right now. She's added an assistant principal, a teaching assistant, and tech support to her, resume, and she was like, “I don't feel like I'm getting anything accomplished.”

I think we often feel that way.

I'm pretty sure I heard that our brains get a lot more dopamine from those negative thoughts, rather than focusing on the positive ones.

So I just set aside just FIVE minutes to write down a list of WINS from the past 9 months:

  • in my work
  • in my family
  • and in my own personal life

I discovered three things as I was doing this exercise:

NUMBER ONE

Discouragement comes from three places, circumstances, comparison, and COVID.

Circumstances, the way things are, can't really change that.

Comparison, Theodore Roosevelt said...

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