I have often tried to figure out what lead me to be passionate about delivering good service. Without trying to intellectualise it, I landed on the simple theory that it feels good to give to others. After all, service is about giving your attention, energy and time to others because you have chosen to and not because you are expected to.
What’s in it for you? What do you gain by giving good service?
Perhaps you feel more energised and more productive at work?
Perhaps you become more self-aware and better at listening?
Perhaps you gain increased trust from those you serve?
Perhaps you create greater connection and feel valued?
Just like a job brings dignity and worth, service brings connection and joy. If this sounds familiar or is resonating with you, it’s because service is aligned to the universal Law of Giving. Every relationship is one of give and take. And if you are in the business of service, you are in the business of relationships. The universe operates through dynamic exchange. Giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. The more we give, the more we naturally receive.
Deepak Chopra explains this in his book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success:
It is the intention behind your giving and receiving that is the most important thing. The intention should always be to create happiness, not necessarily to gain material things or recognition – the frame of mind has to be one in which you feel joy in the very act of giving.
Practicing the Law of Giving is actually very simple; if you want joy, give joy to others; if you want attention and appreciation, learn to give attention and appreciation.
The easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want. If you feel certain areas in your life are lacking, give what you seek and activate the energetic flow of giving and receiving.
Chopra, D. (1994). The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams. New World Library / Amber-Allen Publishing.