How to Create Your Generosity Game Plan
A game plan is defined as “a strategy worked out in advance” or “a strategy for reaching an objective.” Being successful at anything usually requires advance planning and a course of action; this is particularly true for your household’s generosity. Being generous can oftentimes be difficult. It doesn’t come naturally to many of us and it’s definitely not the first thing we think of when that paycheck hits our bank or when scheduling out our week.
That’s why strategizing your generosity—or creating a game plan—is crucial. The more thought out your plan of action is ahead of time, the more likely you’ll be able to hit a homerun. So here are some plays you should add to your generosity game plan to ensure you win every time.
Play One—Be grateful. True generosity stems from being genuinely grateful for what you already have, and sharing any abundance you can, whether it’s your time, talents, or financial wealth. The very first thing you should do to create a successful game plan for generosity is to take stock of your life and cultivate the many reasons you have for being grateful. This will give you the perspective you need to generously give back to others.
Play Two—Start Really Small. Generosity can sometimes be a little uncomfortable, especially if you’re just beginning to add it to your household’s game plan. By including generosity in your strategy in smaller increments, it eases the discomfort. When you jump in all at once, volunteering time and giving as much of your financial abundance as possible, it’s easy to feel that initial squeeze and get burned out quickly. This isn’t a sustainable option. Rather, start small, and when you’ve adjusted to that, add in more elements of generosity.
Play Three—Give First. When filling out your calendar, schedule volunteering hours first, then add in other social gatherings or obligations. The same goes for your cash. As soon as you get that paycheck, the very first transaction you should make is one of giving. By accounting for your generosity at the very beginning, you won’t suddenly find you’ve run out of time or spent too much money at the mall. This adds an extra bit of insurance that ensures your generosity isn’t swept under the rug when push comes to shove.
Play Four—Be with those in need. Spending time with people truly in need is like an antidote for non-generosity. There simply is no better way to gain perspective and get a better understanding about those around the world and in our very own communities that really need help. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, mentor underprivileged kids, spend time with people who need your generosity the most. This experience is invaluable and you’ll receive so much more knowledge from this time than you could ever imagine.
Play Five—Don’t let the team down. When it comes to generosity, there’s no better way of teaching it to your kids than by including them and letting them see you in action firsthand. So when you start to slack, you essentially begin to let your entire team down. Just like sports teams have captains, families need them when it comes to generosity, too. Be a great example, especially to little ones, by being the leader that adequately strategizes your team’s next generosity moves and participates in all parts of the game.
Play Six—Celebrate victories. Being generous can be fun and there’s no reason you shouldn’t celebrate your successes. Show your family and others that being generous with time, resources, talents, and finances is something to celebrate. So when you win, make sure to enjoy the feeling of victory!
Unfortunately, generosity doesn’t just happen. A lot of times, it’s the very last thing on our mind. By strategizing ahead of time and creating a game plan, you’re much more likely to hit a home run. And that’s important, because there are so many people who could use your help!