Are You a Go Getter or a Go Giver?

What is a Go Getter?…
I have heard many people compliment a person who is successful.  They often call them a “Go Getter.”
These are people that seem to make things happen.  They work hard and are consistent.  They GET what they are working to attain. 

It is good to be a “Go Getter”.  You can get ahead in life and feel secure by making a living for yourself or for your family.

I want to challenge you today to become a Go Giver.

God is a giver.  He gives us good gifts.  He gave us His only begotten son so that we could have [get] eternal life.  So let’s get this straight…God gave so we could get.

Giving does not always mean money.  When someone starts talking about giving, most people think about money.  “Oh, they want your money!”  Or they think about the holidays or birthdays.  It is normal to give a gift or a card at someone’s birthday.  It is expected.

There are other ways to give…
You can give…

  • Kindness
  • Love
  • Talents
  • Time
  • Attention
  • Nourishment
  • Smiles
  • Hugs
  • Help
  • Prayer
  • Compliments


How do you feel when you give and get nothing in return?
Practice not worrying about what you get.  If you are worried about getting a thank you card or a pat on the back, your motive is not pure.

When is the last time you gave someone a compliment?

It does not take much of your time, nor any money to pay someone a compliment.  But it can warm someone’s heart if you take the time to give that one compliment.  Or a smile.  How often do you smile at your loved ones?  Do you grump around all morning feeling stressed and overworked being a go getter?  Stop and smile, say something kind, give someone a hug…it may just be the thing that will warm your heart!

What about your husband or wife?  When is the last time you told that person how special they are to you and how much they mean to you?  It only takes a moment of your time.

Or a good book…when you read a good book or a good blog post, do you take time to comment?  Or to like or share?  Do you just take the good things you learn and keep it for yourself?  The next time you read a good article or a good book or a good post from someone, Stretch yourself…this may take a few seconds of your precious time, BUT write to the author or leave a comment, it could warm their heart.  It can even inspire them to put out more helpful articles or write more books.  It only takes just a few seconds. 

Or what about hitting a share or like button, it takes only 1 second!!!  Such a tiny investment, but if enough people give that 1 second of their time, it can make a huge difference in the success of an author.

We often get Giving Impulses…
These are the little promptings in your spirit.  Watch out or you will miss out.  They are the quiet little whispers of your mind telling you that you should open the door for someone, to hug your spouse when they have just disappointed you, or even to smile at a perfect stranger.  It is Hard work when you do not feel like being cheerful or when you are just plain busy!
You stop these Giving Impulses when…

  • You are afraid to put yourself out there for others to see
  • You are afraid they wont appreciate it, or that they won’t notice
  • You are worried you will not have enough time—you may have to listen to them for a long time (they may be a talker like me!!!)  I have seen people duck in the grocery isle to avoid me seeing them because they know I will talk to them and that I can talk longer than others.
  • It takes you out of your comfort zone.

Start giving as early in the morning as possible!
It will make your day go better and you will feel warm in your heart right away in the morning!  The warmth will last all day long!

What is the opposite of Giving? 
Selfishness and GREED

When you have a “Get” mentality, you can become GREEDY.  Having a “GET” mentality is a habit people attain after years of simply worrying about themselves instead of others.  GREED is when they go beyond the selfishness of hoarding their possessions or constantly looking out for themselves to finding ways to take from others so they can have the most. 

Selfishness produces:

  • Bitterness
  • Greed
  • Disappointment
  • Anger
  • Depression

Make a habit of Giving instead!  Start today!  There is still time today to give yourself away…
Take the time to give a few seconds of your time away, share your sunshine and blessings.  God pours innumerable blessings into your life each day, let that overflow pour out on others.  It will warm someone’s heart.

Surprise someone today!  It does not have to be their birthday to do something special for them.  Surprises bring ZEST to your life and to others.  Do little surprises for people that they do not expect.

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly,
or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:7

There was an old man who planted a field full of peach trees.  All his life he loved peaches, yet not one of his trees produced peaches that he could enjoy.  Years he spent pruning and lovingly giving his time to care for his peach trees.  When asked why he spends his last years tending peach trees that will not give back fruit in his lifetime, he responds…

“All my life I have enjoyed the peaches of trees that others have planted and cared for.  Even though they never enjoyed the fruit that I enjoy today, they still kept giving, knowing that the next generation will enjoy those peaches.  After I am long gone, these trees will give peaches to others that will enjoy them.”

Simple truths.

“Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.”
Ecclesiastes 11:1

Make an investment this week into someone’s life.  Freely you have received, now, Freely Give!  Let’s become an ARMY of GIVERS!  Give kindness today!

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