Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I Challenge You to "Pay It Forward"...

Such A Simple Concept.

Wikihow offers this tip on the concept of paying it forward; 

 "Practicing the "pay it forward" principle will make you alert to unexpected kindness from strangers toward you, and you may find yourself becoming more grateful for everyday kindness and consideration from people you don't even know." 

Think about it.  When was the last time you did something for someone else without expecting ANYTHING in return?  Or perhaps the last time you decided to put the needs of a complete stranger over yours? 

During this 30 day Challenge we are making the time to DO for ourselves and make ourselves feel better.  Which is very important don't get me wrong!  But at this stage in the Challenge you should be starting to see and feel the benefits of your hard work, you feel good, you look good, and your energy is increasing.  You are well on your way to reaching your goals on your vision board right? 

So why not use some the positive energy and put it to good use?  The concept is simple.  Just follow these simple steps; (as outlined on Wikihow)
  1. Be attentive wherever you are for opportunities to help someone. Perhaps you have an elderly or disabled neighbor who is too proud to ask for help with their yard work or maybe you're in a restaurant and see someone who looks like they could use some kind stranger to pay for their meal. You can change people's attitudes about the world through your unobtrusive acts of kindness.
  2. Do something nice for someone you don't know (or don't know very well). It should be something significant, and not for a person from whom you expect a good deed -- or anything at all, for that matter -- in return.
  3. Spread the word. If the person thanks you and wants to "repay" you (that is, pay it "back"), let them know that what you'd really like is for them to pay it "forward" -- you'd like them to do something nice for three people they don't know, and ask those three people to do something nice for three more people. The idea is to consciously increase the goodness of the world.
  4. Pay it forward. When you notice that somebody has done something nice for you, make a note in your mind to practice three acts of kindness towards other people, as described in Step 3.
It is so simple right?  Yet you won't believe how great you will feel seeing that you have brightened someone Else's day.  It doesn't have to be a monetary gift, it can me anything.  Just remember, when you have been blessed by kindness, PAY IT FORWARD!

What ACTS have you done??

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