So, two things struck me about this article. The first is the definition of the word encourage. The basic definition is to give or inspire courage to; to give confidence of success to, to inspire courage, spirit or strength of mind; to embolden. When we encourage others we are emboldening a confidence of success.
Last week I read an interesting article by John Maxwell entitled, “Be Quick to Encourage Growth in the People You Care About”. In the article, he wrote the following:
“Sometimes, we forget to encourage others. Not because we can’t see good in them; usually it’s just that we don’t think to mention it. But it’s important to remember that we often see positive things in others that they don’t see in themselves. They may suspect these truths, but to have someone else come along and honestly point them out is a difference maker in ways we can’t imagine. When someone else sees and says the truth about who someone is capable of being, it goes a long way toward encouraging them to grow into that potential.
Helping others grow is a process – often a slow one. But just because the process is slow, it doesn’t mean that every aspect of it is. You can be quick – today, right now – to listen to, laugh with, and encourage the people you care about. This doesn’t always mean standing at the front of a room; sometimes, it means leaning across the neighbor’s fence. Or kneeling down by the side of your child’s bed. When you are quick to encourage the people you love to grow, you begin to unlock not just their potential, but your own as well.”
Encouragement: What is it?
So, two things struck me about this article. The first is the definition of the word encourage. The basic definition is to give or inspire courage to; to give confidence of success to, to inspire courage, spirit or strength of mind; to embolden. When we encourage others we are emboldening a confidence of success. They probably know it within themselves but how often to we really say it. More importantly is this. How often to do we hear words of encouragement from others AND how often to do we remind ourselves or encourage ourselves to press forward.
I am fortunate. I have a friend and mentor who frequently offers encouragement. But, for many of us, it’s easier to believe in others- than ourselves. We believe that others are smarter, luckier, more educated, more savvy or gifted than we are. Most people in life don’t succeed. Instead, they succumb to the lies from other people and eventually believe those lies about themselves.
So here is the million dollar question!! Should we offer ourselves the same encouragement? And the answer is Absolutely YES. Within ourselves we inherently know that we have skills, abilities, hopes and dreams. Declare the success that is within you. Remember to encourage, embolden yourself to reject the negative and EMBRACE the positive. You will be amazed at what happens.