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The Power of Mindset: Exploring The Go-Giver and The Go-Getter Mentality

Do you seek out helping and serving others each day? Do you look at what you do in your work to serve others? I have heard from some people that they are just trying to survive and do not have the time or energy to seek out opportunities to help other people. I have heard from people that they are too overwhelmed in their circumstances to think of other people. The leaders of volunteer groups state there is a significant shortage of volunteers, especially since the pandemic.

I just read one of the most inspiring books by Bob Burg and John David Mann, " The Go-Giver". The book title includes, "A little story about a powerful business idea". I read this also seeing the examples of how this not only applies to work but in life. The book had a powerful story of mindset and personal growth. Joe is the main character who was struggling at work, in his personal life, and marriage. He did not fully recognize what the struggle was until he learned to give and receive from others. His colleague Gus introduces him to Pindar, a highly successful consultant, who Joe hopes to help him out of the financial crisis he is having at work. Pindar scheduled meetings so Joe and meet successful people and teach him Pindar's "Five Laws of Stratospheric Success". He meets these incredible people and learns of their stories and successes. Joe learns these laws and the ending is an inspiring story of the change in Joe and each character in the book.

Sometimes I think reading is a temporary step out of reality but, when I finished this book, I was already thinking of all the amazing people around me, especially in starting a new business. I've had strangers who hardly know me help me in amazing ways. My friends have taken time in their busy schedules to encourage me and help me with things I was working through. Every step of the way, I have had people in my community and outside of the community helping me with my mission to serve and help others. If I was not in a place of receiving their giving, oh, what I would have missed out on! I've had days before this where I was just wishing for kindness from others around me. The book has a quote: "You get what you look for".

Like Joe, I've felt the weight of the world on my shoulders, and others could see it too. When I stepped away from healthcare, people started telling me I looked more relaxed and not as stressed. I thought I was good at looking in control and at ease with life. When I started to heal and recover from burnout, I felt like the weight was off my shoulders and I could breathe again. This is when I knew I was in the right place to be a giver and receive as well. The book talks about how it's not bad to be a go-getter and that you do not need to always be a go-giver. That "Receiving is the natural result of giving" and "the secret to giving is making yourself open to receiving".

To be able to give or receive, you need to take care of yourself. Let's work together to get you healthy and fit. Check out my website and schedule to begin this process.

#Live Inspired,

Karen Baltz Gibbs, PT, DPT, CSCS, CMP, LMT


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