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How can you pay it forward?
How can you PAY IT FORWARD?
Originally written on September 21, 2010 by Tara Cooper
Have you ever wondered how you could do something for another person in need? To truly pay it forward it is to do something for another person or group of people without wanting or needing anything in return. We are truly here to help others. Many feel they don’t have the time, money, ability & some may simply not have the desire to “pay it forward”. I would love to hear about some ways that you have recently paid it forward to someone. Maybe someone paid it forward to you! Please share & by sharing you are actually paying it forward by showing others how easy it can be & that we don’t have to be a super hero to do this.
I invite you to watch this short video about a wonderful assignment we can all commit to!
Pay It Forward-assignment!
I hope that you don’t mind if I share something a group of 11 children and their parents participated in to pay it forward. My daughter just turned 3.(2010) She is a very lucky little girl with a home, a bed, food, two parents who love her, clothes to wear and lots of toys to call her own. She has even more than that as she has a very loving family including her little brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins and many friends too! We enjoy family vacations and she is in a number of social activities weekly including sports that she enjoys at a young age.
She was telling us about her “birthday party” that she wanted to have, that wasn’t planned early in September. Once we saw how much she talked about her birthday party, we decided to have a birthday party for her. At 3 she is starting to realize that a birthday party means: friends, playing, cake, singing, candles, balloons and presents. She has everything she needs (except maybe an FM system-that her dad and I are working towards buying-which will help her with her hearing loss), but for all things a little 3 year old needs, she has it all and then some. We decided to have the birthday party for her, but without all the presents. We wanted to “pay it forward” by telling the guests our plan to support a child in need in our community. The biggest thing was deciding where to go and what child to donate to. We started with the women and children’s shelter in our community. There was a little girl who needed some help, she was our person! All 11 children signed a large card (shown above), and together we collectively donated $200. Many have generously given gently used clothing also. I will be so happy to deliver an wrapped gift to this special little girl and to provide her with money for things she needs. I know that I will not be so lucky as to meet her or even know her name, but I know that the gift that all Hannah’s friends have generously contributed – will not only put a smile on the little girls face, it might actually put food in her belly, clothing on her back, something she needs for school and hopefully a toy to call her own. There are so many people who need our help. When is it going to be the right time to start by helping others with a small gift? You may feel like you are too small to make a difference – think again! Everything starts with an idea – which changes into an action! Start ACTING today – a small drop of water will create a LARGE ripple effect! Where are you going to place your next drop?
I would like to personally thank all the little ones who attended my daughter’s birthday party on Sunday, September 19, 2010 and for all the generous donations the parents kindly gave. We brought a smile to a little girl in need, all by making a small donation, that when put together became large.
Fast forward to today, February 15, 2013. Our family continues to pay it forward to family members in need, friends, and strangers through donations and food. Collectively a group of us will be collecting donations to make a 12 year old's dream come true through Make a Wish. If you wish to help make Caroline's dream come true by making a donation, please contact Tara. You will receive a charitable tax donation receipt.
Stare your fears in the face!
Originally written and posted on September 25, 2011 by Tara Cooper.
Ever been someone to allow fear to stop you from trying? Did you give up on something because you had the fear stare right back at you in the face? Why is it that fear is stronger at times than desire, goals, dreams? Likely because fear can create control in your life. Afterall, if you let your fears control you, it makes things easier – doesn’t it? Say for example you have fear of failure. If you are afraid to fail and you decide that fear is stronger than your desire to succeed…fear has won! It has controlled you. Hasn’t it?
So many people make excuses why they can’t or will not do something. This is a form of control…and although you may be reading this saying, no it isn’t control, it is because I truly fear failing…take a deep breath and ask how your fears have helped you achieve success in the past.
Don’t let fear stop you from living your life as you deserve to. Stop and STARE your FEARS right in the FACE! Overcome them…how? Push ahead, know that in order to grow and change and reach your desired goals, you MUST overcome some of your fears! You MUST in most cases get out of that COMFORT ZONE! In order to really live your life to the fullest, live your dreams – you have to be willing to overcome the things that are stopping you from personal growth.
Do yourself a favour…make a list of the things that you feel are stopping you right now in your life. Then make a very honest attempt to decide how you are going to take the steps needed to push forward and breakthrough to your own success. The life of your dreams is waiting…you are in the driver’s seat…don’t let fear take over the steering wheel!
Originally written on July 20, 2010 by Tara Cooper
Before I hit the sheets last night, I picked up my book written by T. Harv Ecker called Secrets of the Millionaire Mind. I would love to rewrite the whole book here for you, but obviously that would go against copywrite laws. I do however recommend you pick up a copy, it is about wealth – yes, but it is also about so much more in life.
The few paragraphs I wish to share talk about how you want to live your life. It will give you some food for thought.
How do you want to live your life? How do you want to play the game? Do you want to play in the big leagues or in the little leagues, in the majors or the minors? It’s your choice.
Most people choose to play small. Why? First, because of fear. They’re scared to death of failure and they’re even more frightened of success. Second, people play small because they feel small. They feel unworthy. They don’t feel they’re good enough or important enough to make a real difference in people’s lives.
But hear this: Your life is not just about you. It’s also about contributing to others. It’s about living true to your mission and reason for being here on this earth at this time. It’s about adding your piect of the puzzle to the world. Most people are stuck in their egos that everything revolves around me, me, and more me. But if you want to be rich in the truest sense of the word, it can’t only be about you. It has to include adding value to other people’s lives.
….Many of us are not living up to our full potential, in terms of both our own lives and our contribution to others.
…The world doesn’t need more people playing small. It’s time to stop hiding out and start stepping out. It’s time to stop needing and start leading. It’s time to start sharing your gifts instead of hoarding them or pretending they don’t exist. It’s time you started playing the game of life in a “big” way!
In the end, small thinking and small actions lead to being both broke and unfulfilled. Big thinking and big actions lead to having both money and meaning. The choice is yours!
Thanks to T. Harv Ecker for continuing to inspire me to believe I can do more for others and reminding myself and other who read this that it is all within our control to make a difference in our life and the lives of others.
Tara is a mother of 3, a former elementary school teacher, insurance broker & tutor. She enjoys life as a successful mom-preneur and now has time freedom to enjoy empowering others in reaching their true potential. (testimonials about Tara - click here)
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