The truth is, you don’t need to have loads of money in order to lead a generous life.

I met Sharon at a workshop in Savannah, Georgia in September of 2015. She told me about her work with ChangeGangs.org at the time, and I thought it was such a simple and effective idea, yet, I wondered why it hadn’t been done online before!

While most of us in the workshop were trying to learn how to market our small businesses, here I was sitting next to Sharon, whose mission was unlike anyone else in the room – trying to help people understand that it’s easy to lead a generous life.  A life that’s both good for you and for others.

She’s definitely doing the work to make the world a better place for others. So, I was thrilled to have the opportunity now to interview Sharon for this second episode of The One Who Does podcast.

Thank you for listening! Please leave a comment if this episode resonated with you!

 


Show Summary

 

Sharon Lipinski, an author, a certified corporate wellness specialist and a habit superhero, from Loveland, Colorado has devoted her life to discovering how to be more generous on a daily basis and to inspire others to be more generous, too.

This interview will take you to the moment in Sharon’s life when she realised her calling while having Thanksgiving dinner with a recovering drug addict whose family no longer spoke to him. How did she go on to start Change Gangs: Virtual Giving Circles to help people support causes they care about even though they feel they don’t have the funds or resources to really make a difference? What are the seven generosity habits that we can all practise in our day-to-day lives?

 

Our Guest:

Sharon Lipinski is the author of the book – 365 Ways to Live Generously: Simple Habits for a Life That’s Good for You and for Others. She’s a Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist, the founder of ChangeGangs.org, a Habit Super Hero, and an expert on Giving Circles, having created the largest electronic repository of information documenting the tools, strategies and accomplishments of some of America’s 800 giving circles.

She’s also a top keynote speaker, and an expert at turning knowledge into action. She has appeared on live television and speaks regularly to radio audiences across the US.

 

Key Takeaways

  • There is ‘power in doing something small, doing it consistently, and doing it with a bunch of other people’. . . It can make a big difference in other people’s lives.
  • Giving is not just good for the person you are giving to, but it is also good for yourself. Giving makes an impact on both the giver and the recipient.
  • Gratitude is one of the The 7 Generosity Habits that means ‘a simple acknowledgement of goodness, but it acknowledges that the source of that goodness came from outside yourself.’  It is a keystone habit which impacts everything within yourself and the people around you. According to documentation and hundreds of studies by the University of California, Berkeley: ‘Gratitude is the single, most reliable way of improving happiness and life satisfaction.’
  • The four habits to focus on when it comes to taking care of physical health are:  eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising and drinking enough water.
  • Starting a good habit will take not only willpower and motivation, but also repetition which is the ‘Mother of habits’. And there are three things that can affect your willpower:
    • Your willpower tank has been emptied. You have been using your willpower the whole day, making decisions, being patient, resisting temptations and at the end of the day, it’s just drained. You need to wait for your willpower tank to be refueled.
    • Your will power has been drained by physical stress. Willpower is a form of mental energy, but it runs on glucose and sleep. If you are not getting enough food and rest, then you will have trouble in keeping focus with your goal in obtaining a good habit.
    • Your willpower has gone through emotional stress. Thinking about many issues in your life or decisions you need to make drains your willpower . . . emotional stress is like a car idling. . . burning your willpower fuel without doing anything.

Links

  • Change Gangs – Virtual Giving Circles a nonprofit organisation founded by Sharon which pools donations and partners with existing nonprofit organisations to help make a difference in the communities in which they move in.
  • Thebestlifehabits.com Sharon Lipinski’s website where you can download more about the seven habits, and habit toolbox which walks you through the five steps of creating this habit
  • 365 Ways to Live Generously Authored by Sharon Lipinski which talks about how to transform your physical, emotional, and spiritual health with the power of generosity. (Affiliate Link)
  • The 7 Generosity Habits a downloadable book by Sharon Lipinski that talks about the seven habits that will fuel a generous life.
  • Virtual Giving Circles Partner Organizations:
    • Island Dog in Puerto Rico which does a spay and neuter program to reduce the wild dogs, or the stray dogs problem in their communities.
    • Give Directly gives cash grants to extremely poor households in Kenya.

Credits

  • Floyd Leroy – the illustrator I worked with for this episode’s comic strip
  • Mara Abilay for her superb transcribing and shownotes crafting skills