Make TODAY a Day of Encouragement
Words of encouragement can be the only silver lining during cloudy days. Many of the greatest achievements begin with the empowering words of encouragement. Who needs encouraging words? We all do!
Unfortunately, the concept of encouragement for many others has become an “extinct species.” Think of the half-dozen times in your life when a bit of encouragement carried you for a long time. A word or card here and there boosted your confidence and outlook. It just made you feel good. If only we realize the impact a well-placed note of support and or words of motivation can have on the people around us. It might spur them on to achieve great things! Or at least lift a chin off a chest.
“The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams. We would have more than one Einstein, Edison, and Schweitzer, Mother Theresa, Dr. Salk and other great minds in a century.” ~ Sidney Madwed
One of the most powerful forces in our lives is encouragement. Encouragement is so important because it is life-altering. Encouragement goes straight to the heart. In fact, the word itself comes from a combination of the prefix “en” which means “to put into” and the Latin word “cor” which means heart. Knowing what a big difference encouragement makes in your own life, what can you do to help others “to take heart” when the going gets tough.
Using words of encouragement and strength for someone is a good way to make him or her feel better and helps them regain confidence. Encouraging words do not need to be some profound philosophy every time. All you need to do is to be able to see when someone needs you and be there with the right words to boost his or her self-esteem. Comforting words of encouragement and inspiration are many times, the best means to help someone feel better.
When nothing seems to be resolvable, words can bring hope, when times seem difficult, words can restore courage and when life poses a problem on every step, encouraging words give the impetus to fight back.
Planting the Seeds of Kindness to Reap a World in Bloom
Encouragement is a great way to give, and it doesn’t cost you a cent to give it out, but its payoff is incredible. Encouragement may be cheap, but its effects are sometimes priceless!
How wonderful it is to encourage others, yet how often we find fault instead. Most people are better at criticizing than encouraging, simply because we engage more often in the former. We have all experienced the negative effects of critical or demeaning words spoken to us. It doesn’t feel good does it? We also know how nice it is when someone praises us or tells us they appreciate us.
Encouraging-words are about tipping that balance in your favor, giving you a thoughtful, sincere and positive message every day. Think of it as nutrition for your soul, helping you to overcome the stresses and strains of your daily life.
You never know what your words may mean to someone. Words can cut deep and wound others, but they can also heal and uplift. Never underestimate the power of your encouraging words toward any other person!
If your life or actions do not include the foundation of encouragement toward others, you need to evaluate how encouragement can become part of your purpose. Start by giving it away. Encouragement is not something to be saved, collected, or withheld. When you hesitate in offering your encouragement, the opportunity is gone.
Today, I want to challenge you to join me for a Day of Encouragement. I want to challenge you to strive to withhold words of hurt, judgment, and discouragement, and focus instead, on trying to find words that will uplift, motivate, and encourage those around you. Here is my challenge to you: before the end of today, encourage at least four individuals and ask them to do the same for four people each.
A funny thing happens when you encourage others—you feel encouraged and better about yourself.
Jamie Wood, Avatel EVP