Here is a statement I once heard, “Donʼt look at people as they are, look at them as they are about to become”
Now, this is a statement, that we all have to think about, as in life we tend to make judgements about an individuals ability at the time we meet them, but if we were to jump into that time machine in our minds, look at what potential they have, we would see a totally different person ahead.
Lets just say, we took the time and patience to invest in that individual, we would even be more proud of that individual, to see what they did with the valuable investment of information that you have given to them.
To cut a long story, short, lets think before we judge others, and where someone lacks lets try to invest with what we do know, I know not all are willing to listen, but try with those who do, as we all have a time when we are ready to begin to listen, so we have to pick the right time to invest.
The dictionary definition of the word ʻInvestmentʼ says; “an act of devoting time, effort or energy to a particular undertaking with expectation of a result.”
So lets start to devote some time into others in areas that they might lack in if we have the tools to help. Lets start being bothered to make the effort to make somebody elseʼs day a bit better than it is, as this act takes nothing from you, but adds so much more to you in your everyday life.
By doing the above we should be able to view that person with great expectations of a good result.
These sort of actions will give your life more purpose, as the more you give in life the more tends to come back to you in ways that you might not even expect.
A 1999 study led by Doug Oman of the University of California, Berkeley, found that elderly people who volunteered for two or more organizations were 44 percent less likely to die over a five-year period than were non-volunteers, even after controlling for their age, exercise habits, general health, and negative health habits like smoking (Article by Jason Marsh)
So here goes, let us start to put the above into action: Don’t look at people as they are, look at them as they are about to become.
- Start with those you have honestly made a judgement.
- How could I invest in helping that person.
- Ask yourself what tools do I possess within me.
- Do not look for rewards from that person.