Episode 089 - STRR - 7 Reasons You Should Give to CharityDec 17, 2021
First, this has EVERYTHING to do with your business! Don't doubt that!! Know that something magical happens when you give to Charity. Whether or not it's all in your mind is opinion. Either way, it's miraculous.
Michelle goes over 7 extremely good reasons to give and then goes over the science behind it, how GIVING fools your subconscious into believing you have an abundance of wealth and then draws more of that to you!
Transcript of this Episode:
Hi, this is Michelle, the master of money mindset, and you are listening to BNB dash boss podcast.
And in today's podcast, we're only a week away from Christmas. So I'm going to give you seven great reasons to give to charity. It's one of our Friday replays because it's Friday and we're getting ready for Christmas. There are so many good reasons to give to charity. I thought this would be a great episode the week before Christmas to get us in that giving mood.
So have a listen. I may break in here in the middle or at the. But let's start this off and enjoy the seven reasons you should be giving to charity. I know you feel like this is not about your business, but it is definitely about your business. I started thinking about one of the best ways to change your beliefs about money and get money to start flowing.
Yeah, it's giving the charity. I know most people don't realize this, but when you give to charity, it does so many things for your psyche and I absolutely loved it. So I wrote this article back in the day, about seven reasons anyone should give to charity, and there's a lot of good reasons, but these are seven of the best reasons to give to charity.
And I wrote them down for my prosperity process website. And you can go look up the article and the blog we'll have a link to it in the show notes, but the whole point of it was giving to charity does something to you years and years ago, our priest at our church had this challenge for everyone. So he decided he was going to put us to the test.
So one Sunday. Pulled out the Bible. And obviously the Bible is pulled out every Sunday, but this Sunday in particular, he pulled out the Bible. He told us that this was the one and only time in the Bible where God said to test me in this. And he said, do you know what that is? God coming to you and saying, test me, test me.
Because most of the time, God in the Bible is telling you something or to asking you to do something or maybe telling you what not to do or whatever God does in the Bible or talks about in the Bible. But there's one time in the Bible where God says, test me in this. And it was actually in reference to title.
God said, test me in this says the Lord of hosts. If I will not open up for you, the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. So our priests like went on and on about this and said, wow, I mean, this is literally God saying to you, if you don't believe me, if you don't believe I won't pour out all these blessings on you, then test me, give tithing.
Like I ask you to. And see if I don't fulfill my promise to you that I will pour out blessings upon blessings to you. And he said, it's pretty unique, a situation where God actually said, you know, most of the time, it's like, well, don't kill, don't covet. Your neighbor's wife, don't bear false witness. Here's all these things that God is telling you to do or not to do.
But most of the time, there's no real reason behind it. No real promise to. But there was nothing written about it. And so this time God said, do this, do this and test me and see if I don't come through. And when he got done telling us all about this and got done reading Malakai to. We sat there and I was like, wow, that's amazing.
I mean, I don't remember God ever making a promise like that, asking you to test him and see if that doesn't work. So we decided this will be pretty cool. Let's do it. So we started, we signed the book obviously, and we started tithing 10% and it was amazing. It was. Like one of the coolest things that ever happened to us, we just felt like we were obviously Irish and lucky, right?
But this things just kept happening for us. And we literally looked at each other one time and said, this is so cool. This is like, God fulfilling his promise. But I want you to know that when you give to charity, you're going to see some really amazing things happen in you. And that goes for your business as well.
We donate money to charity in our business. And the reason why is that money has the same vibration as a personal money. Meaning when it comes into us, it's a blessing. It's a blessing to us. And therefore we believe it's a blessing of God. And so any money that comes from our business, we want it to be a blessing.
As well to others and it just creates this currency, right? Remember current always moving because money should always be in a flow. It's always circulating. It's always moving around. It's not meant to be stagnant. And so we given our business, we given our personal lives and I wanted to explain to you here, why I believe you should too.
And if you only want to start with a personal life, that's totally cool. I think when you see and you start testing God in it, and you put your business in there, you're going to see some amazing, amazing things happen, but I'm going to go over the seven reasons that I came up with, why you should give to charity.
So the very first reason I think anyone should give is because they get. It's very easy for most people to say that they don't feel they can afford to do something, but then you'll look at them and they're doing something else. Like, let's say, for instance, you're talking to your friend and they're like, oh, I really can't afford to hire a sitter.
Or if you're talking to somebody in business, it's like, I can't afford to hire a cleaner. Right. So they want to do it all themselves. But then they do something like go to Starbucks every single day and order a $6 latte or something. You're like, okay, well, you can't afford to hire it cleaner, but, but you spent this week about 35 bucks on coffee.
So you'll see that people will spend money on weird little things, but not the things that they really need or should be spending money on. And they'll do it personally and they'll do it in their businesses. Have you ever noticed. Hopefully that's not you, but it might even be you because you might say, well, I can't afford to do this, but you have cable and you're paying hundreds of dollars a month in cable bills.
This makes me crazy because my husband knows I would give up cable in a heartbeat. I tell him all the time, but my husband is a huge, huge sports. And so literally our cable bill, well, it includes internet, but our cable bill is $350 a month. And it drives me absolutely crazy because I know it's got the internet in it.
So let's take off $100 for internet. That's still $250 a month. And that is ridiculous. Just so you can watch football and hockey and basketball. I think it's ridiculous, but my husband loves it. And so we have the money to do it. So we did. But it's definitely a doodad. I don't know if you know what to do dad is, but if you've ever played the cashflow game, you'll know that a doodad is some vein.
That is just an expense. It's just something that you are buying or paying for like a boat or a big screen TV or something. But it's just an expense that is taking money away from you. And it has no benefit to you whatsoever. And that is definitely capable. So here is the deal. We do this all the time. I mean, we do it with pretty much everything, right.
We'll make an excuse or say that we can't afford something, but then we'll be doing something else that is costing us a lot of money and not giving us any benefit whatsoever. I want you to think about it. So let's use the example in the Bible that it gave us the lady who had. $1, or it wasn't a dollar, but you know, one of her currencies and that's all she had.
So when she went to church, she gave the whole thing to God. So it was a hundred percent of what she had. So her gift was greater than the wealthy man who gave 10% because he only gave 10% of what he had your gift to God, if you're just giving 10%, that is amazing. And it doesn't matter if you're making a hundred dollars or a hundred thousand dollars a year, when you give 10% to God, God sees it as a percentage.
And so literally in the Bible, it mentions 10%. So we use 10%. That's what we use 10% or our best. So we give 10% of what we can because we can't. No matter how much we make, even if we didn't make very much, we could still give 10% of it to God. The very first reason we give to donate is because we can, there is always somewhere now out there who is worse off than we are.
And I don't care how low you think you are. There is someone out there who is doing worse than you are, even if you think no, one's making as little money as I am right now. That's not true. There's somebody who is making. There is somebody who could benefit from anything, any kind of help. And they're doing far worse than you are.
And there is no minimum amount of money that you have to give. It's just 10% of whatever you earn. So if this week you made $10, if you give $1 to charity or $1 to a guy that you see standing on the corner, or $1 to a church or $1 to a hospital, or $1 to some type of charity. Because it's 10% of what you made that in God's eyes is as much as a wealthy man who made a hundred thousand or a million dollars a year, and he gave a hundred thousand dollars to charity.
Let's say you made a million and you gave a hundred thousand. That meant as much as that $1. Why? Because it's 10% of what you have. And so God sees it as. Now believe it or not, it's usually the people who can't really afford to give, who are the ones who give the majority of money in time. And that's been true across the board in the United States.
We know it's odd that there are stories after stories about corporations like Walmart. Walmart doesn't give very much to charity, but Walmart employees, they give a huge percentage of their income to check. And a lot of them are only making minimum wage or less a year. They're actually considered below the poverty level.
When you look at their income and they donate way more of their income than the whole company of Walmart itself, it's bizarre. So while the corporate heads of Walmart are greedy, they hold onto their money. There are a lot of people in their corporation, not making a lot, but donating with all their hearts.
And it's really a good thing to see. Now, I don't ever want you to think that wealthy people don't donate because there are. Throughout history, a ton of wealthy people millionaires, as a matter of fact, who gave away, not just 10%, but sometimes the majority of what they earned. One of them was Kellogg's.
Have you ever heard of Kellogg's corn flakes or Kellogg's yeah, the breakfast cereal and the breakfast stuff. Right? Well, Kellogg gave away the majority of his income because he didn't need any more. And so he had decided that he was going to donate almost everything he earned at the end, because he didn't need any more.
And he decided, well, that's it. So he gave away a ton of his money and there have been wealthy, wealthy people who do the same thing. Now, bill gates, he gives away a large percentage, but he gives it away to immunize children around the world. So who knows what that's all about, but okay. I would create some kind of education.
Grant or something. If I had tons of money, like bill gates, because I would like to see people more educated, the more educated they are, the more money they make. And so I would think that teaching children to read and making sure that they're educated across the board, Would probably be the best place to put my money because it would help the most people, but that's just how I think it doesn't have to be how everybody thinks.
And when you have your own organization, you get to choose. So bill gates chose to immunize children. So I am not going to diss on that because there's probably a lot of kids who need those immunizations shots around the world and some who don't. So just, just not go there. One of the cool things about donating money, when you begin.
In giving all you can, especially the 10% is that you'll find out that once you start giving your values begin to change. And what I mean by that is things become less important to you and people become more important. You start to see a real value in lives and a real value in people and their situations and not so much and cars and rings and having a Louis Vuitton bag or something, you start to see the value where the value should be.
And that's in people in LA. It becomes like the movie Schindler's list, but there's a scene in there that brings me to tears every time I see it. And it is the end of the movie when the Americans are coming and they're helping Schindler escape and he goes to get in the car and he looks, and he still had his wedding ring on and he had given away his wife.
With anything that he had, like he would sell furniture and anything cars and things like that, so that he could buy children and buy people and have them work at his factory to save them. Right. And so he goes to get in this car to escape and he sees his wedding ring. And it brings him to tears because he realizes he forgot to sell his wedding ring and that it could have bought at least more children and he just is crying, going, oh my gosh, I forgot.
Look, it's been on my finger the whole time and I just didn't see it and I could have saved more and he didn't feel that he had done it enough. But you start to see that is really the value of giving. Money is not really about money or about things. And that part of the movie is just so moving. It's my favorite part of the entire movie.
I think it's just one of the biggest aha moments that there was out there because to the Germans wealth had broken down into a commodity and the commodity was literally people and Schindler knew that the people's lives. People like, right. When you start giving money, you will change inside. You'll start to see that, that there is no value in objects that all the value is in people, and it really will change you, but you give because you can, things become less important.
People become everything and you begin to realize what the true value lies in. And it's an amazing, amazing thing now. It is a great way to commemorate love. Now I've lost both my parents to cancer. And so when someone passes away, you can commemorate them, even when they're alive, by donating to charity and their name, and there's ways to some people commemorate, all kinds of things.
They, they decide to donate money to a university and they get a star constellation named after. Or they donate and they get little bricks that pave the way to the new animal house, that your zoo, they do something like that, but it's a way to commemorate even a birth of a child or maybe a wedding or an anniversary, whatever it is, a death of a loved one.
It's a great way to commemorate. A really great charity. When my mom was ill, before she passed, she had pancreatic cancer. And one of her favorite places to go was to Gilda's house. I don't know if you remember Gilda Wagner. She was married to gene Wilder. She was an actress and a comedian on Saturday night live and she was hilarious.
And she had cancer. And so they created these Gilda houses for cancer patients, a place for them to gather and to talk and to deal with their cancer. And Gilda's club was my mom's favorite place to go when she was ill, it made her feel good. And when my dad died, we gave money to the hospice of the valley here that cared for him.
They were amazing, amazing people. And I love hospice. I know that when I mentioned hospice, there have been people who kind of react in a really bad way because they had a bad hospice, but there are a lot of different hospices out there and hospice communities and hospice charities. But the hospice charity that I dealt with was amazing and they were really good to my father.
And so I felt the need to donate to them. After his passing, you can give an anyone's name at any time. And I really like that idea. I like the idea of having something in someone's name that kind of lives forever in their memory. So I love like park benches. In zoos or parks with a plaque on the back. I think those things are amazing because they show sometimes it's like a grandparent or a couple on their anniversary or on their passing.
And I think those are amazing things. I love to read those when I'm places. I, I always read plaques because I like to know. Someone cared enough to donate this. And that just makes me feel good that they felt the need to have their loved ones remembered. And I think it's a great thing. So I love commemorative gestures.
And the third reason to give to charity is because it's an opportunity to give back charity his a wonderful and exciting opportunity to give back to the world that has created. So think about Jenny from the block. Right? So Jennifer Lopez, she just sang in the Superbowl and it was super exciting, but she always talks about being Jenny from the block.
And she gives back to that same community where she came from. Why? Because she wants to inspire the kids that were just like her with families, just like hers. So the majority of millionaires out there did not come from. A huge portion of millionaires now are self-made and they came from somewhere. So it's really inspiring for them to give back to the communities and the people and the organizations that help them along the way.
You can look back at your favorite teacher and know that no matter where you came from or what kind of background you had, if your parents were alcoholics or abusive or whatever, wherever you came from, you can help the organizations and the people who helped you along the way and help others get to be where you are.
It's a hand. And so giving back wherever your heart leads you to give, that's like huge. It's also an indicator that you're grateful for your past, that you haven't forgotten them. You haven't forgotten those people or where you came from. So giving to those people and those organizations that at one time in your life gave to you.
So generously, it's an amazing, amazing way to pay back and pay it forward. So I love giving back and that's a great, great. Uh, fourth reason to give to charity is because it boosts your motivation. Donating to a charity, helps raise your level of personal motivation in a bunch of. Okay. So I just told you about the majority of new millionaires and billionaires are not coming from money.
These are people who have worked hard and come from nowhere and earned what they have. And so they're giving back, but what better way to give back and motivate yourself than to have a reason to give back? A lot of companies have used this actually in their business planning. If you ever heard of Tom Shu, The guy who created Tom shoes had gone to a third world country and noticed that these kids didn't have any shoes and heard about all the illnesses and stuff.
They arrived because they didn't have shoes. Just that basic thing shoes made them healthier and really improve their life. If they just had a pair of shoes, they wouldn't get all these diseases and sick, just giving them a pair of shoes. Right. It was going to help. So he decided to create a company where when you bought one pair of shoes, he would take the money that he made from that and buy another pair of shoes for a kid who needed them.
And so that's how Tom's became big. So what was really cool was it, wasn't just a motivation for him. Because he was like, oh, this is going to be great. I'm going to own a company. And it's going to be able to help a lot of people. And that was motivating enough for him. Right. He was like, great. And he gets everybody on board and they've all got this great reason and they're working really hard for it.
But not only that, it was a great reason and agreed story that made people want to buy his product too. So it pushed it in many, many directions and helped in a lot of different ways. So, not only did he feel better about himself? And his company and his employees feel better about themselves because they knew where they were doing something for greater good.
Right. But everybody felt better about buying them about making them about selling them. Everybody felt good. It's a great motivation. When you give, you feel fulfilled and this adds to your own personal happiness, it gives you a reason to go out there and do good and be good. So happiness is motivation enough for a lot of people.
People who donate become driven to donate more. They're motivated by the purpose of giving and the feeling that they get from giving it's like a drug it's like a great drug and a healthy drug, right. Something that's not going to make you sick, but you could definitely get addicted to it. And you'll feel a lot better.
I always say that when I give to charity, it's like one of the most selfish things. Because it literally makes me feel better than anything that I could possibly give someone the feeling of giving and having the reaction of somebody receiving is an amazing, amazing feeling. So it's super motivational.
The fifth reason you could give to charity would be to earn respect. And I'm going to use my friend, Sean for this. Sean is a self-made million. And he owns club tattoo. I don't know if you know what club tattoo is. Club tattoos. There's a bunch of them all over the United States. They started here in the valley in Tempe, and now Sean's got them everywhere, especially Las Vegas.
I've seen them everywhere. I go, club tattoos are amazing. And the artists who are the. They have these cool little iPads and you can pick out whatever tattoos you want to get done there, or peer scenes or the jewelry that they have, but they do it in a very safe way. And Sean, he wrote this great book called tattooed millionaire.
And I remember when I met Sean and he was telling me about his book, I was like, all right. I will definitely read that. I just love him. He's such a great guy and his wife Thora. They're amazing. But one of the things we talked about was giving out loud and I loved it, loved it when he covered this in his book, because they're, hands-on philanthropists, they're people who would collect clothes and.
Books and all kinds of supplies to take down to Mexico and they would drive it down in their trucks themselves. They were hands-on people. Right. And they didn't like to flaunt that they had money or flaunt that they gave to charity. Nobody wants a bragger, right? Like the people who are like, yeah, look at me on a video, like I'm giving to charity and I'm such a great.
So Sean talked about giving anonymously for the longest time until somebody called him out one time and told him he was a greedy person who never gave any money to charity. Can you imagine, I know people love to judge. They're so crazy because they see somebody wealthy and they figure, they know them that if you've got a lot of money, you're not a good person and they immediately judge them.
So he decided to give out. And I call it giving out loud because now people see it. And when people see someone giving out loud, not that they have to post the pictures of, Hey, look at me, I'm giving them giving, right. Nothing like that. They make an impact on other people because other people see them.
And if you're a public figure and somebody is watching. And they like you, they want to be like you and do things like you. So you're influencing people who like you to give to. So maybe even if it's just your kids, you're setting an example for others that allows them to know that you're a giving kind person and they can be a giving kind person to, and start wherever they are, especially when you start giving, when you don't have.
Let people know as you're making it and you're making more and more money. You can say, you know, we started giving to this charity when we didn't have a lot. And now as I am blessed, I can bless others. It's a great feeling and you let them know it's a great way of earning respect and honestly, teaching others to do the same.
Also Sean talked about finally getting some of that respect, respect in the community because now he was a type of public figure and a small business owner in that community. And because he gave out loud, he gained the respect of the community around him too, and that inspires other people as well. So it's really, really a good thing to give out loud.
And earn a little respect. I'm not saying it in a bad way, like going out. And like I said, you know, blah, blah, blah. Look at me. Look at me, giving for the right reason out loud to let others know that they could be doing that too, and be getting that love and that feeling of joy that only comes from giving to people.
So that's a great reason. Reason. Number six is giving in a way that shows gratitude. There's no better way to show your appreciation of all that you have than to give to others. It's basically a hallmark card. I always say to God that says, thank you God for giving me all this every single day. I appreciate it so much, but it's a great way to show you're grateful.
And I think there's no better way to shout out than to say. I am so thankful. The only reason I can give, like this is because I've received so very much and I cannot thank you enough. So I love that because it's a feeling of gratitude. One of the last reasons I had on here, but there are many, many more is giving improves yourself.
When you give to a charity, it adds to yourself worth the opportunity to help your neighbors is always rewarding and always incredibly fulfilling. Right. Remember how I said that? I feel like I get so much more than what I give that. It's almost unfair. My cup runneth over. That's what the verse says.
Don't give because of your need for self. Give out of a genuine desire to help someone else give to a charity that really touches home, that touches your heart and that you feel that you can help benefit when you give for those reasons. You'll find that blessings just keep pouring in. So you're going to love that, but I want to give you a bonus reason.
Forgive. And this is for all of you who have made it through this, who don't have any kind of religious background. There is a huge psychology of giving that impacts you in incredible, incredible ways. It tells your mind that you have more than enough. So when you give to somebody else, your brain says, well, wow, Michelle had so much more than she needs.
That she was able to hand some of what she made to somebody else and help them to your brain. Your subconscious feels that and knows that you're giving. And so it says we must have way more than we need when you resonate that feeling of gratefulness and abundance, literally you draw to you more. So there's a huge benefit in the psychology of giving.
You're hearing your inner self say, I have access. I have more than I need. I'm able to help. I'm a good person. I can help others. You improving other people's circumstances. The moment you do that, your subconscious kicks in and makes it a part of your identity, a part of who you are and this current reality that you've.
And draws to you more and more of that. You can literally full your brain into creating more because it already believes, and belief is all you need, right? It already believes that you have more than enough and boom, click magic happens. Magic happens. So now there is something that, you know, that is quite beneficial in every aspect of your life.
When you give. Giving is incredibly important. And that's why God says, test me in this, test me and see if it doesn't come to pass that you will make even more money. What's the worst thing that could happen test God. And if nothing happens, or if your circumstances get worse than stop and say, well, I guess the testing.
But the thing is anyone who's tested, it finds out God obviously fulfills his promises because you will just see your wallet grow. You will just see your bank account, start growing and growing and growing and becoming more and more prosperous. And the more you make, the more you give, the more you make, the more you give, the more you make, the more you give it's just this never ending cycle.
And that is what prosperity is. Remember. There is a cycle of expansion growth circulation. That's what money is. It is just an energy, nothing more, but it will always grow and always go to those who receive it. Well, those who have the attitude of gratitude, those who are giving and generous, those who are allowing it to circulate the way it wants to it is a currency.
It must be. So remember to read Malakai three 10, test me now in this says the Lord of hosts. If I will not open for you, the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows, sign that book with yourself, sign the book and just do a trial period. Continue to type for a certain amount of time.
Give it three months over the next 90 days, I'm going to give 10% of everything I earned to. XYZ charity, make sure it's a good charity. Check it on charity check. When you go to the articles that I have, you'll see that I even have an article about how to find the best charities at the very end. You'll see whose benefit the people the most by going to the best charities.
Right. But I want you to consider yourself a philanthropist from now on no matter how little you give at this moment, remember. If it's 10%, it doesn't matter if it's 10% of a hundred dollars or 10% of $10 million when you're giving that money. God knows it. And it's appreciated as much as anyone else's 10% is the same thing.
It is the same thing because you are giving the same thing. I want you to begin a tradition of giving. Okay. And try it for 90 days and see if God fulfills on his promise with. So I hope this benefits you a lot because giving is an extremely important part of the money making process. I know most people don't realize it cause they're like hugging, giving money away, be a good thing.
But giving money away is a really important thing. Like I said, the psychology of it allows you to know that you have more than enough and money mindset is 99.99999% of the game. The 1, 2, 3 steps that you do in your business. Believe me, if you don't have the mindset behind it, you will never succeed. So getting your mindset right, and getting it correct is important.
And part of that is giving to charity. You'll find out later on when you are super successful and you look back, you'll go, here are the things that move me forward the most. And you'll find that giving to charity and tithing is one of those things. I guarantee it. Just try it and test it and you'll see.
I'm going to just do my best to be the best person I can be each and every day. And hope that you are learning something about yourself, about your business, about money, about your mindset. I hope all of this is helping you in some way, shape or form. And please take that challenge 90 days. Give it a try and see if the flood gates don't open for you, because I believe they will.
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