Adding value to someone simply put is leaving them better than before you knew them. This person is better off for knowing you. This is a glorious commodity because you literally impact a generation.
Having a good legacy is spiritual gold. What do you want to be remembered for?
The way in which we sow in other people’s lives will tell that story for us.
So then, how do we optimize every interaction? By being more thoughtful. The quickest way to add immense value into someone’s life is to be considerate. Consideration speaks to one thing; our humanity. Consideration is the great equalizer; it does not take any resource other than time, to think about someone else.
Thinking about someone else in a positive way that is helpful and genuine can interject immense value in a situation almost instantaneously. Being considerate means: I am willing to go out of my way to edify someone else. The bible tells us that:
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,Mathew 7:12
Living in consideration of one another is literally the will of God for our lives. We are to truly look after one another. Have a vested interest in the success of the people we interact with.
This is about living in alignment.
The bible also tells us:
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.Ecclesiastes 4:10
Any chance that you have to help someone get back up on their feet, you will have added immense value to their lives. When we seek to add value, we look to meet the need of the moment.
When you come into a moment where you can potentially add value, ask yourself: How can I make someone’s situation better right now based on the resources that I have access to?
A foundational premise for value is that you live in abundance. An abundance mentality says that you always have everything you need. You must operate from that place because otherwise the opposite of abundance is scarcity.
What drives innovation is abundance and ease, not the pressure of scarcity.Adam Gopnik
A scarce person is an unhelpful person. People who cannot be helpful cannot add value.
Position yourself to be of value, It is of benefit for you to be a benefit to someone else:
The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.Proverbs 11:25
People value having value added to their lives. What is it that you bring to the table that is helpful?
Adding value to someone is also situational – not everyone can add value in every situation. We put ourselves in a valuable position when we do what we are confident in, and we are confident about doing it.
This comes from living a purpose driven life. When you do what brings you value, you can impart value into others. Simply put, adding value means you have to want to make other people’s lives better, and be willing to act on that desire.