I once read a story about a man working two jobs just to make ends meet. After working the two jobs; he continued to struggle financially. One day, while leaving the grocery store… he was stopped by a Girl Scout group asking if he wanted to by their cookies. Unfortunately, he did not have enough money and regretfully declined. He thought in frustration… how am I busting my butt, willing to work, have two jobs, and can’t buy Girl Scout Cookies? The man used his embarrassment and frustration to change his life! Long story short… the man decided to become his definition of success, increased his self-worth, and his bank account… and vowed the “Cookie Thing” would never happen again. He also decided to carry $200 in his back pocket at all times. One day, the man went to the grocery store… and you know it… while leaving a Girl Scout asked if he wanted to buy some cookies. The man gave the best “Yes” of his life. The young girl asked, “how many boxes?”. The man replied… “All of them!”.
I love this story… not because of the money, but because of two more important aspects… the Power of DECIDING and the Power of DEPOSITS! At some point WE must all acknowledged and accept WHO we are and WHERE we are in life as People, Partners, Parents, and Professionals. After you acknowledge and accept… what you DECIDE will be life-changing; either for the better or for the worse! The man in the story decided enough was enough and made a decision to address his life and lifestyle. What decision do you want to make for your life as Person, a Partner, a Parent, and/or Professional to allow your EVOLVUTION, your joy, and a better lifestyle?
The Power of Deposits stood out to for several reasons! First, I think we all know how great it feels to go to the bank to make a deposit rather than a withdrawal; feeling just a bit richer, adult, and established. Second, I tried the concept in the man’s story carrying the $200 in my back pocket after making it through some of my hardest times in life. It felt freaking awesome and I highly recommend it (whatever big bill you can afford and won’t be willing to break easily)!
Third and most important was the Power of Deposits that have nothing to do with money. As good as you feel making financial deposits in your bank account and investments… we can feel the same way making deposits into others: your husband/wife, kids, co-workers, bosses, employees, teammates, parents, etc.! A deposit can be saying something special to them, a compliment, a loving note or text, a small or big random gift, time spent… all without expecting anything in return.
The more deposits you make out of love and respect… the stronger your relationship and the less those difficult conversations can be later. The difficult conversations are those TALKS about unmet needs, disappointment, or sharing some hard observations with someone you care about. Those conversations are never easy… but if you have made enough deposits… a few withdrawals won’t bankrupt may not the relationship. Yes, it still matters how you say it… frequent deposits do not give you the green light to spout whatever you want and however you want. However, after hearing hurtful comments… you will want your love, respect, and past deposits to be an undeniable truth in your relationship! What deposits will you make today into your partner, your kids, your parents, co-worker, boss, employees?
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By, Andre Young