The kindest people I know want to be there for everyone.
They want to help as many people as they can, and they want to do it all at once.
The problem with that approach is that it creates a mindset of GREAT overwhelm for the helper. It stops the helper before they even get started. And that is a shame–because there is so much a person can do, if only one uses the right approach.
The approach that follows is what works best for me. It might just work for you as well.
Instead of thinking about the millions of people who are struggling in this world at this very moment, think of one person. Better yet, think of one person in particular. Can you imagine that one person? Can you see their face? Good. Keep adding details. Do you know their name? Where they live?
OK, don’t be creepy. But I do want you to flesh out the details of this specific person.
Because the more detailed you can get with your helper mindset, the better you can help. Specific details lead to thoughtful answers. They help fill in the blanks in your mind. Before you know it, you’ve developed an approach that you can use today to help this particular person that you have in your mind.
And because humans are actually quite similar, if you have a specific strategy for this person, you likely have a specific strategy that can be used for other people you come across during the day.