Encouragement: Put It To Work!

Pay attention! Take a deep breath and read these words slowly.  Imagine your phone rings, the caller is a friend, someone you are always excited to hear from. When you answer they say,

“I just called to let you know how great you are. When I am around you I always feel better. When I think about you it makes me smile, and I get excited about what I am doing even when I don’t want to do it.  You inspire me to be a better person and encourage me to do my best. You are incredible and a blessing to all who know you! I just want to let you know I am praying for you to be filled with the energy, strength, patience and focus needed to be your best this week.”

What kind of day would you have? Do you think you would be filled with energy and excitement about what you were doing? Mark Twain said,

“I can live for two months on a good compliment.”

Encouragement is the action of giving someone support, confidence or hope. It literally means to inspire with courage. Research by Carol Dweck, Ph.D., Stanford University confirms the role encouragement plays in raising performance, unlocking potential, and breaking through performance barriers. Dr. Dweck’s research shows that great achievers “see their talents and qualities as things that can be developed through their dedication and effort.”

How do they do it? They surround themselves with sources of encouragement that:

  • Fuels the dedication and effort to improve.
  • Provides the support necessary to persist in the face of adversity.
  • Engenders the hope required to address fears and challenges.
  • Inspires taking risks in the pursuit of personal growth.

Encouragement can develop resolve, in the pursuit of difficult and challenging goals, capable of raising performance up to 39%.

“One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own.”  

-John O’Donohue

Here are two quick ways to put encouragement to work. It only takes a few minutes to write the note or make the phone call.

  • Who do you need to encourage today?
  • Who do you need to thank for encouraging you?

I just want to let you know I am praying for you to be filled with the energy, strength, patience and focus needed to be your best.

“There are persons so radiant, so genial, so kind, so pleasure-bearing that you instinctively feel good in their presence that they do  you good, whose coming into a room is like bringing a lamp there.” 

—Henry Ward Beecher

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