It's that time of year again. The time when we all look back at the prior year and decide what we need to change or improve about ourselves in the upcoming twelve months.
We vow that "this will be the year" we lose that extra 15 pounds, run Dam to Dam, write that memoir, or take that trip. During the first few weeks of January we stick to this resolution with the fortitude of Ralphie trying to get the Red Rider BB gun in "A Christmas Story". By the end of Febraury most of us have forgetton about the goals we set just a couple of months earlier. The year goes by and the cycle repeats itself.
I think we can break this cycle this year because I have a resolution almost anyone can keep. It's so simple but the impact it will have on you, and others around you, will make it worth your time. It will help make our community a better place while also helping you in ways you can't imagine right now. So, what is this resolution? I want everyone reading this blog to vow to ask the following question to at least one different person a week during 2015 - "How can I help you?" And then do whatever is in your power to help the person with his or her request.
I started asking this question to every person I had coffee with or met during 2014. It's been amazing to hear what people need when they're finally given the opportunity to tell someone who will listen. The requests have ranged from helping with fundraisers, to finding a babysitter, to listening for potential job openings. The best part of asking "How can I help you?" is the unlimited potential that resides on the other side of the question. It also gives you the opportunity to be someone's hero. I have tried to help with any request given to the best of my ability with varying levels of success.
It's also surprising what happens to you when you help someone else acheive a goal. Doors begin to open to opportunities you never knew existed. I've been able to speak to college campuses, develop classes, and raise tens of thousands of dollars for charities all because I asked others how I could help them.
So, starting January 1, ask one person a week "How can I help you?" and then share your stories with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll share the best stories through this blog throughout 2015 so readers can see what differences are being made in our great community because of one simple question. Good luck and happy 2015 everyone! Let's change the world, one person at a time.