Things we consider to be of high value are worth the cost of our time and/or money. It’s not enough to pursue our personal things of value, we must also work to provide value for the people around us.
Value. Five letters but a whole lot of meaning. Is it the worth of the success we are chasing? Is it the character that we are and keep working on that allows people around us to count on us? Is it the knowledge and experience we have to get a job done for an employer? Is it the development of spirit and faith that makes us a positive influence on our communities?
YES! All of it. The law of attraction informs us that whatever we spend our time focusing on is what we will attract into our lives. This could be positive or negative. If we agree that positivity is more aspirational and therefore more valuable, then we must be conscious of the positivity we are exuding and attracting.
When we attract that for ourselves, we become more valuable resources for our loved ones and community as a whole. We also put our mindset in the right place to continue going after the achievements and life that we want. Be value, be a champion!
This entire week we’ll be looking at different components of value and how to implement high value practices in our lives. Join me!
1. Give More & Get More Value
I’ve read different people, thought leaders, professionals… experts. They all seem to say in some form or another that you, and me, we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. If this is true, and I tend to think it is, then we must appreciate and respect the value that those five people bring to us and the value in turn that we can offer them.
The more value we add to the people around us, the more we help them grow. The more they grow the more value they can return to us. Value for value.
Proverbs 27:17 tells us that iron sharpens iron and we, as people, sharpen each other. Add value. Get value. Add more. And the cycle continues.
2. Value Costs Full Price
My wife loves a sale. She searches high and low for the best price on all kinds of products we need as a family. Her diligence is just one of many reasons I love her so much. Unfortunately, there’s no discount when it comes to the dreams, goals, and ambitions that we pursue. We don’t add those to our “cart”, enter a coupon code and wait for the world we want.
Instead, we understand the things in life worth having, the dreams worth pursuing are of high value to us. Things with high value come with a high price tag. That’s just the way it works.
Economics is essentially the study of choices people make with the resources they have for other resources they want. There’s an exchange. And whenever that exchange is made, the opportunity to obtain something else is lost. That’s opportunity cost.
The same works for us as people in our relationships and our pursuits. As soon as we identify what is most valuable to us, we pour our heart and soul into cultivating those things. However, in doing so we do lose out on the chance for other things. Opportunity cost.
The price for what we believe is valuable is high. There’s no getting around it. But if we are aware going in, we can prepare ourselves and push through.
3. Add Value To Your Surroundings
A rising tide lifts all boats. And luckily for us, we are in control of the tide we create. In this case value. And the great thing is that as we show our worth, prove to others we are the kind of people they can rely on, we not only help them directly but become the people they will remember and be open to working with and helping when the time comes for that.
Everything in life ebbs and flows. There are ups and downs. Trials and triumphs. But there is never a time when we are not in a position to add value. There is never a time when we cannot rise to meet the challenges placed upon us by the people depending on us every day. And when we channel our energy toward community, toward kindness and toward gratitude (the things that are truly valuable) the world has a funny way of rewarding us in kind.
Be the rising tide for your community. Watch as every boat sets sail. And revel in role you play in cultivating that for others.
4. Learning About Others
It’s a great, big world out there. 7 billion people and hundreds of cultures. Think of all the experiences, the stories and the traditions that have shaped so many communities and individuals. When we talk about value, would we say it’s more valuable to learn or to remain in the dark? I think we all would answer that very quickly: learning increases value.
If that is true, then traveling and being exposed to all those unique cultures will do nothing but add value to our lives directly and then add to the value we offer in service of others. There’s no downside to spreading your wings and flying. Or at the very least, sitting in a chair on a plane and letting the pilot do the flying. Either way, the world, the people, and the value await us!
5. Work To Get Better
“No one ever said it would be easy, just that it would be worth it.”
Think of the achievement you are after as an Olympic high jumper who must clear a bar set a certain height. He breathes. He looks at the target bar and landing spot. He shakes his hands and does a few jumps to calm the nerves. And it’s on. He approaches, leaps, turns, lays out and just as he clears the bar, his leg hits it and it falls. He fails. He goes home. He trains again.
At the next competition, the judges come to him and say, “we heard you missed this height before, we’re going to lower the bar for you.” Would say thank you for lowering the bar and making this easy for me? Or would he be offended, say forget you people, put that bar back at the right height and go after it again?
I think anyone with any level of competitiveness and pride in our effort would find the value in conquering the more difficult height. Well, our own personal value works the same way. If we identify things of value for us and our first, second or third attempts fall short, we must avoid the appeal of re-targeting our sights on something easier. Instead, we must concentrate on getting better. Improvement from within is what will ultimately get us to our value. Keep working. Keep training. Get better so you can get better.
Thank you for following along all week as we dove deep inside the ways we pursue the things in life we find most valuable but also how we can work to become people of value for those around us.
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