December’s season of giving inspires ripples of kindness around the globe, with many people offering much needed support to those who are less fortunate around the holidays. Food drives, soup kitchens, clothing donations, adopt-a-family contributions… All these receive great support in our community during the winter months, especially around Christmas.
But how we can boost support for these charities and local services year round? Plan for it.
You are probably starting to reflect back on the past 365 days with great consideration, creating powerful intentions for how you’d like the coming year to unfold. While carrying out acts of kindness this season, you may also be setting goals for healthier habits and exciting plans for the new year.
And while New Year’s resolutions often encompass lofty goals for personal wellness and fitness, how many people actually plan their year out with dedicated volunteer time? Not many.
The great news is that now is a great time to start! Check out these simple, actionable tips that will help you create some amazing goals with intent and watch the waves of kindness unfold.
DEFINE YOUR GOAL
When deciding how you’d like to best offer your time helping others, inspiration can often be found through asking yourself some key questions. Consider these…
- What are some challenges you’ve overcome in the past year?
- What have you learned from them?
- How can you use these experiences to help others?
- How would you like to contribute: this year, in 5 years, in a lifetime?
CHOOSE WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU
How can acts of service be seamlessly woven into our personal and business goal setting for 2019? It’s as simple as researching the charities or causes that are most important to you, choosing one (or a few) that you’d like to help with, and scheduling official time each year/quarter/month to contribute.
WRITE IT DOWN
There is something transformative about putting pen to paper and actually writing things down. Try it and see for yourself!
DO WHAT YOU CAN WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
Remember these words of wisdom from Edith Wharton: “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Whether you can donate your money, time or service, even the smallest of kind deeds is remembered by someone. A coffee for the newcomer in town, a meal shared with someone in need, time spent with the elderly. Start with what you can and spread some light.
Setting resolutions does not need to be strict or stuffy – in fact, it can be lots of fun! Start with an outline of your yearly plan, but allow some flexibility for unexpected new opportunities. Great things often pop up when you least expect it!
The Midland Y’s Men’s Club is a fun and active group of all ages dedicated to serving the community and making it a better place to live in. Our casual weekly dinner meetings focus on an informative speaker, lively discussions, as well as the more serious aspects of event planning and fundraising.
If you’re seeking fun, good fellowship and international opportunities, consider becoming a member of the Midland Y’s Men’s Club today!