What could be more empowering, in terms of self-help, than to turn your thoughts towards someone else's troubles?
Instead of trying to help yourself, then, you try to help others. And in doing so - when you stop continually thinking of yourself, and all your woes - you not only help others, empower them, you also help and empower yourself too.
That's what I believe, anyway.
And the following free inspirational quotes seem to be back me up.
"He who teaches children learns more than they do"
-- German Proverb
I think that he (or she) who teaches any child or adult learns greatly in the process, for sure.
But it doesn't just have to be children that this teaching refers to. You could be teaching a colleague or a friend or even your partner - you could be sharing your wisdom or expertise with them, and learning more about your wisdom or expertise in the process.
And you might not be teaching them, but guiding them, or providing mentoring.
"Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity."
-- Lady Nancy Astor
So it is real education what we should all be sharing, if at all possible. And then we really would be helping others, and helping ourselves too.
And, in case you think you don't have the necessary skills...
"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do."
-- Dr. Benjamin Spock
The famous American pediatrician was speaking to new parents at the time, admittedly. Still, his message is an inspirational one, not simply aimed at that group of people. It has truth to us all, whatever we find ourselves doing in life.
Yes, it's true, we *do* all know more than we think we know. And that means we all have the ability to help, somehow, no matter who we are and what few skills we think we possess.
This is a truly life-affirming belief. And Leo F. Buscaglia describes this belief, thus:
"Don't spend your precious time asking 'Why isn't the world a better place?' It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is 'How can I make it better?' To that there is an answer."
-- Leo F. Buscaglia
Yes, you can make the world a better place by sharing your knowledge and skills with someone else. Or you can simply wonder how else you can make a difference. And you can make a difference - all that's required is belief that you can...
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
-- William James
Everyone reading this article has a unique combination of qualities. They will have faced and overcome many challenges individual to them. And these experiences will have given them a unique perspective on life - their perspective.
So, armed with that perspective, and a belief that they can make a difference if they but try, each reader will (hopefully) be inspired to help themselves by helping someone else, in a way only they can.
But it's not as simple as just reading an article. For anything worthwhile to be achieved, action is required. Action is what separates doers from dreamers.
And, of course, there is an inspirational quote for that, too:
"The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers."
-- Brian Tracy
And, if you take the first step here - if you decide to help others - then we will all be winners, you, me and the person you decide to help.
That is what I believe, anyway.
"With love and patience, nothing is impossible."
And that is what Daisaku Ikeda believes.
Thank you for reading.
Steve M Nash believes that you are your own self help guru. And that's why he created http://www.SelfHelpCollective.com - to let you help yourself, and help others too. You can read more short inspirational quotations by subscribing to his newsletter, The Weekly Wonder - http://www.selfhelpcollective.com/newsletter.html