The idea of paying it forward it simple: When someone does something nice for you, instead of paying them back, you pay it forward by also doing something nice for someone else. It is having the mindset of thinking of others first. We are firm believers that in order to first reach your full potential, you must help others reach theirs. Paying it forward creates a community of kindness and is a philosophy you can easily incorporate throughout your day-to-day life.
Here are three simple pay it forward ideas you can start putting into practice today.
Be A Mentor
There’s no question that serving as a mentor can enhance both your personal and professional life. But being a mentor to others is powerful and doesn’t have to be reserved for the workplace. Taking someone under your wing, whether it is a peer, friend, family member or co worker, can be powerful. If you’ve ever had someone in your life who took you under your wing, you know how valuable mentorship is. Volunteering to help someone at work on a project, or being a trusted advisor to a friend when they’re facing a difficult decision are easy ways to pay it forward on a daily basis.
Pay For A Stranger
Often times even the smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest difference in someone’s day. The next time you’re in a Starbucks line or drive through, consider paying for the individual behind you. Paying for a stranger’s coffee may seem too simplistic, but it’s a gesture that can change their entire day. Alternatively, if you live in bustling city where parking is few and far between, consider paying for someone’s expired meter or adding a few extra hours. These gestures can cause a chain reaction, inspiring others to pay it forward and spread positivity.
Give A Compliment and Show Appreciation
While you might think people know how great you think they are, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t find ways to tell or show how you appreciate them. Regardless of whether it is a family member, friend or coworker, take the time to give them a compliment or show your gratitude. It doesn’t cost you anything but your time and thoughtfulness. Or, take it a step further by bringing in breakfast for the office or a special treat at dinner for your family.
We believe in community, and nothing helps foster that more than paying it forward and helping others. All gestures, whether modest or grand, can make a difference and add value into someone else’s life. Simply helping and giving aid to someone during their time of need adds value. It allows you instill both kindness and the pay it forward mentality in others. Think about how good you felt when someone paid it forward to you, and use that to take time in your day to pass it on to others.