3 Super Simple Ways to
To live a meaningful life, you have to serve others — whether it’s by serving people in your work, your personal life, or your community.
Serving others gives us a sense of purpose, and that sense of purpose is what creates a meaningful life. It’s really as simple as that, but we tend to make serving others too complicated.
Our egos often kick in and tell us that we’re not good enough; that we don’t have anything valuable to offer. We overthink how we are going to serve others to the point of procrastination — waiting for the perfect moment or the perfect opportunity.
Well, that ends today! Serving others is so simple that you can do it all day long by practicing these 3 daily habits:
- Define expectations. Don’t just assume that you know what the person you are serving wants or needs. Or that their timeline is the same as yours. Ask questions! Like, “How can I help?” “What is the importance of doing X?” “How do you imagine X is going to play out?” “What about X is keeping you up at night?” “What is your deadline for X?”
- Mirror their language. This will make the person you are serving feel heard and understood, which is a simple way to gain trust. As you gain trust, people will give you more opportunities to be of service to them. For example, when I’m talking to a client in my accounting life, I try not to use accounting jargon. I listen to the words my client uses and mirror them. I don’t talk with a client the same way I would talk with a colleague.
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Simple Daily Service Habit
#3 – Respond – Yes, you can serve others simply by responding to them. Why? Because it sets their mind at ease, if only temporarily. Even if all you say is, “Hey, I can’t work on X today, but you can expect to hear from me by Friday.” Or a simple “Got it,” email when someone forwards information to you, but you don’t necessarily need to respond. That’s all it takes. You would be surprised how many accounting clients I’ve had come to me simply because their accountant didn’t respond to them in a timely manner. In fact, I just got another one last week ?
How are you going to serve others today? Are you going to make it complicated and overthink it? Or, are you going to practice one of these 3 daily habits? The choice is yours.
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- Define expectations — Don’t assume you know what the person you are serving wants or needs or what their timeline is.
- Mirror their language — To make them feel heard and understood and to build trust.
- Respond — To set their mind at ease. Even if it’s to say that you can’t respond right now or to say you received something they sent you.
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