It is the time of year when we are all rushing around to prepare for visitors and holiday parties. There is traffic everywhere, all are stressed because there is not enough time. Stop, take a deep breath and ask yourself, “Why am I rushing around to prepare for the party or to make sure that everything is in order for our family to visit?” The answer? You might say because everything has to be ready or because if you don’t do it no one else will. Look deeper, the real answer is Love. Everything that you do is from some form of love. What we don’t think about is what it really means to love. This would be a good time to slow down long enough to think about it and to appreciate why you really do all that you do.
The love that never ends and does not condition itself on what you do or don’t do, say or don’t say. This is unconditional love. Webster’s dictionary describes love as a strong constant feeling of affection. It defines unconditional as, “without conditions or limits.” Combining those two words we can now explain that unconditional love is the feeling of strong constant affection that does not have conditions or limitations.
Why am I talking about unconditional love? I am seeing so many people putting conditions on the love that they give by what they get. If things do not go their way, whether they are correct or not, they just throw in the towel, so to speak, and there is no more love. The truth is that this is something that we have all been guilty of at some point.
Our tight schedules and rapid pace tends to cause us to be impatient and when things don’t go the way we want we move on. Really, what we need to do is to take a closer look at why these things are not going the way we want them to go. If you are honest about it, the answer is “Instant Gratification”. We trade what is most important for what we want NOW. When we make this trade, we are happy for the moment but in the long run we are not happy or satisfied and we wonder why. True satisfaction and happiness comes from unconditional love.
Zig Ziglar said, “You can have everything you want in life if you will just help enough other people get what it is that they want.”
It doesn’t matter what it is, if you want love, you must first give love. If you want more business, you have to give them something first. This is love. Now, to love unconditionally is to give and keep giving even when there seems to be nothing returning. When something goes wrong, don’t stop the love on the contrary give more love.
I know it seems like a silly and very simple theory but if you apply this to your life and to your business, you will receive more than you can imagine in return. We are a people who are fulfilled by acts of kindness. When you give without expectation your life will and your business will take on new meaning and the results will far surpass any temporary fulfillment.