As important as it is to be self-encouraging, it’s equally as important to be able to encourage and add value to others. There are many things that you can offer to add value and the supply of that is unlimited such as support, wisdom, and compassion. Adding value will also open doors to opportunities that may not have existed otherwise.
If you’re known as the person who contributes and supports decisions, as opportunities arise for people you have helped, you are more likely be included. The key is to add value in an authentic way. If there are other motives or if it seems disingenuous, then the effect can be quite opposite of what you may have intended. To help keep you guided in your pursuit to help others, here are a few ways to help you:
Personal Inventory: The first step to adding value to anyone else is knowing what you have to offer to them. Make a list of skills, connections, and resources you have that could benefit others. Once you know what you can offer, it’s easier to know where you can offer it.
Be Passionate: It will be much easier for you to add value to others if you’re passionate about the knowledge you wish to share. As you include more people to what you’re passionate about, it will allow you to show and add value with little effort.
Share Your Experience: The knowledge you possess can be a great asset to share with others. If you can teach someone how to do something or, perhaps, how to do something even better, than I encourage you to do so.
Don’t Stop Learning: I may have graduated many years ago but I’ve never stopped learning. I am constantly expanding my knowledge on a daily basis whether it’s reading a book or catching up on news. As you learn more, you now have a greater chance to help others.
Failing is Okay: As you’re adding value to others, it’s natural that you may feel that you will fail the person you intended to help. Everyone makes mistakes. As long as your intentions are well meaning, you can actually gain credibility with them and you both can learn mistakes to avoid should they arise again.
Remove Excess Baggage: Whatever is dragging you down will affect other aspects of your life. Take a moment to see what is weighing you down, either physically or emotionally, and remove it from your life. It could be your job, possessions or people in your life. You should feel that everything in your life is at a good spot when your head hits the pillow.
Acknowledgment: It’s a common misconception that compensation is the main reason why people leave their jobs. Often, the most recurring reason that is heard is that people feel either unappreciated or underappreciated. It’s very important that people know that their contributions add value and that they’re appreciated.
Inspire & Encourage: It’s important that you can help people in seeing the potential that exists in themselves because, quite often, people fail to see it in themselves. Be sure to encourage them to reach that potential by never giving up. How many times have you told someone that they should stop encouraging you? Encouragement is something everyone needs and by doing so, you can help them succeed.
By no means is this a comprehensive list of how to add value to others. There are many additional ways to add value and this list should hopefully act as a starting point. As you work on adding value to others, you will find yourself spotting more opportunities to do so. You may even find it hard to stop.
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