#1. Answer these questions.
Are you employed?
Do you give regularly and meaningfully in support of charities today?
Is it a conscious decision or are you “dragged along”/guilted/hit up at a point in time?
What charities interest you? (Cancer and Heart disease are the two big killers, kids charities are very popular, United Way and such organizations help a multitude of great causes etc etc)
#2. Make a conscious decision to “get in the game”! “The game” is about making our society a better place for ourselves and our families. It is about being a good neighbour to those in need. It is about NOT being selfish with all of the great things we have.
#3. Decide on a dollar amount that you can afford. It might be a payroll deduction each month, it might be a lump sum … but it SHOULD be significant and meaningful.
#4. Look at your time and figure out how much time you could give. Do you really need to watch that much TV? Can you donate some weekend time? Can you bring your expertise to a charity board or committee?
#5. Now … Get in the Game! It will make you feel better about yourself. Giving is one of the critical components to success in life … just read John Izzo’s Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die.
PS. This does not mean you don’t sponsor the kid’s hockey team, or buy a poppy etc. Those daily “asks” are just a given … today’s blog is about your BIG annual commitment!
Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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