Helping yourself is an individual act that benefits one person.
Helping someone else is also an individual act. It requires the same amount of energy. But the result is that the same amount of energy impacts twice as many people: it benefits the person you help AND IT BENEFITS YOU because you get to experience the feeling and emotion of having a positive impact on someone else.
I was reminded of this just a few days ago when I found myself approaching the door of my hotel’s parking garage. Both of my hands were full and a complete stranger saw me coming from about forty feet away. He patiently waited so that he could hold the door for me.
When I finally got to the doorway where he was holding the large steel door open for me I said, “Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.”
The gentlemen’s simple reply was, “I’ve been there before.”
I could have gotten the door. I’m certainly capable of opening doors on my own. I’m also certain that this man knew that I could have managed on my own as well. But by taking 30 seconds of his morning to help someone else, his actions benefited me and they benefited him.
You will have many opportunities today. You’ll have the chance to help yourself, which will benefit you. You’ll also have the chance to double your impact when you help someone else.
I want to challenge you to live each day thinking about how you can help someone else. Think about the situations where others have helped you.
If you’ll help just one person each day, you’ll have impacted 7 lives by the end of the week. You’ll have helped 30 people by the end of the month. And by this time next year, you will have impacted hundreds of people.
How would it feel to know that looking back over the past year you have made a positive impact on hundreds of others?
Go make an impact on just one person today, because ‘YOU have been there before’.