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33. Give away 5-10% of your income off the top.

OK, for some people this one is going to be tough. But like all experiments, you can undo it later if it is not working for you. 

I recommend doing this for 90 days and seeing what happens. 

The general premise is this: Give away 5-10% of your income. Right off the top. 

So if you make $4,000 a month, plan to give away $200-400 a month. 
If you make $400 a month, plan to give away $20-40 a month. 
You don't have to wait until you are a gazzilionairre until you start making a difference in someone's else life. You can start tomorrow. 

Be deliberate about it. 

What impact do you wish to leave on the planet?
• Do wish to leave a cleaner environment?
• Do you wish to improve education?
• Do you wish to see a greater state of health in the world?
• Do you wish for people to be less violent?
• Do you wish to help animals? 

The thing is  ... no one can tell you who or how to give

You are a unique individuals in terms of your background, interests, and skills.

I know one beautiful lady who helps to save monkeys. I think it’s great. It’s not where I spend my time or money, but that’s OK. I have other friends helping women that have been abused create a better life. They feel passionate about this cause, so that is where they donate their time and money. I myself feel passionate about health and education, so that is generally what I give my energy too.

There are so many of us, we need it all! Don't let someone else tell you where it's "OK" to give - give where your heart and soul pulls you. 

Look back at your list of Top Five Values exercise (If you haven't done this exercise yet, check it out here: http://goo.gl/wTc1l)

This Top Five Values list could be a good starting place for you to determine your giving strategy. Look at each one and ask, “How can increase [VALUE] in the world through my giving strategy?” 

Maybe there is a way you can even impact multiple values.

A couple of other thoughts when creating your giving plan:

Consider Direct Action. There are so many amazing organizations out there doing great work. Some do better than others at making sure their cause gets the majority of your donations (versus the expenses of running the organization). But if you know someone you can help directly, consider doing that. Instead of contributing to an organization that helps people go to college, find someone that desires to go to college (but needs help) and help them. Instead of contributing to a program that helps homeless have a good meal every day and transition towards self-sufficiency, work with a specific homeless person to make this happen. Now, there are many arguments for and against this approach and it certainly will not work for every scenario, but if you’ve never tried this kind of direct approach, I encourage you to try it for a year. You will likely feel the impact of what you are doing in a much more tangible this way.  You will get direct feedback on what works and what doesn’t and how you can improve your giving approach in the future. Your heart and soul will be in the game.

Donate Your Time, Not Just Your Money.  Let’s face it, sending a check to build a school, versus helping to build it (or spending time teaching the kids to read) is a different game. We all have different things to give - I get it. But see if you can give both your time and money. To the same cause. It will deepen the impact in your own life and your understanding of how to continue to make a positive impact in the world. 

Without getting too woo-woo, let me just say that both time and money are forms of energy. All forms of energy in the universe have an in-breath and an out-breath. 

All I am asking you to consider here is aligning that out-breath (your giving of time and money) with the rest of who you are. To be conscious and deliberate in how you do this. 

You will be amazed at not only how this will help you reboot, but also the riches that you will receive in return.

Happy giving! 

Two follow-up notes:

1. It’s not about the amount, it’s about the habit. As I was writing this, I received an email from Ramit Sethi. His advice was about investing, but it certainly applies to the suggestions for giving that I have outlined above. He notes, “[When people say] ‘I don't have enough money ([to do this]’ it is code for ‘I will do this later (when I have more time/money)’. In truth, life gets busier. And it's not about the amount you invest -- it's about the habit.You may not have an extra $500/month. But you don't need that. Instead, you can get started with $50/month, then "tune" that number up when you have more money.”

2. Speaking of giving ... This is the last post in the series 33 Ways to Reboot Your Life. If you have benefitted in any way from this series, please leave a “testimonial” in the comments below. I will be publishing this series an e-Book format and will be providing a very special offer for those that share testimonials and have been following this series here on G+.  

This has been great fun ... thanks for following along!

I will be posting a summary with all 33 items from the series and repeating my call for testimonials. 

Thanks again for all of your support and feedback. 

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