All of us have the ability to limit or liberate other people's dreams. As Helen Keller said, "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." Today I want to help you free your vision, liberate yourself from negativity and bring your dreams to life. You know the Liberators of the world. They're the people who enthusiastically share information, connections, business leads and anything else they can to make your career and life better - without expecting anything in return. Of course, you want to return the favor precisely because they're not expecting it. Think about the people you know who are helping you liberate your life vision right now. When's the last time someone came though with something truly meaningful - and totally unexpected - for you? When's the last time you did a favor with absolutely no expectation that it be repaid? If that hasn't happened in a while, or possibly ever, maybe you're too busy being a go-getter - or a go-taker - instead of a Go-Giver, as my buddy Bob Burg calls the Liberators.
Take this quiz to find out if you're a Liberator by looking at how well you do when it comes to giving rather than getting. Answer yes or no to the following:
In the past six months, I have:
- Offered in-depth career advice to someone
- Helped a neighbor with a project
- Donated time, money or items to a charity
- Assisted a total stranger who was struggling
- Connected someone with a doctor, dry cleaner, teacher or coach
- Helped someone land a job
- Given a friend or family member my time or energy with no string attached
- Volunteered honest feedback, even though it put me on the spot
- Listened deeply to someone in need
- Made someone laugh really hard
If you answered yes to 8 or more questions, good for you! You are definitely a Liberator and you're probably getting back even more than you're giving. If you answer yes to 4-7 questions, you're on your way to being a Liberator. Keep your focus on giving consistently and abundantly and you'll see what comes back in return. If you answered yes to 3 or fewer questions, it's time to start actively looking for ways you can be of service to others.
And that's my pledge to you and the purpose of this blog: to help you liberate your dreams and start living your best possible personal and professional life! If you’d like to make a real move on getting UNSTUCK and find more Liberators and BE a bigger Liberator -- even for yourself, register for my course on “You Unstuck – Mastering the New Rules of Risk-Taking in Work and Life” at http://libbygill.com/coaching-courses. Increase your chances for change by inviting a friend or accountability partner for only fifty bucks more! (Now that’s a gift worth unwrapping!) To the new you in 2011 and your amazing life, Libby Gill, Branding Expert, Bestselling Author, and Executive Coach http://libbygill.com/coaching-courses