The Power of Encouragement is the third in the “Power of Appreciation” Series.
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Think back to a time when you were starting a new project or beginning on a new goal. You may have been a bit unsure of yourself or nervous about the outcome. Who encouraged you to finish the project or go for your goal? I’m going to guess that you can name that person quickly and probably even visualize the entire scenario in your mind. We can usually remember those people who have made a difference in our lives through their encouragement, and support. Are you an “encourager?”
According to FreeDictionary.com here is the definition of encourage:
1. to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence
2. to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.
3. to promote, advance, or foster
Heartfelt encouragement is the ability to communicate with words and actions the positive belief you have in yourself and others. An “encourager” seems to have an almost innate ability to say and do the right thing at the right time. Are you an encourager?
How can you recognize an encourager? Listen to the reaction of people who’ve been around an encourager:
~ She really listened and didn’t judge me.
~ She makes time for me.
~ She always seems to know the right thing to say.
~ I always feel better about myself when I’m with her.
~ They like and appreciate me just the way I am.
~ She believes in my goals.
~ After talking with her I have so many new ideas.
How does encouragement impact our lives? It brings out our best by focusing on being valued and appreciated. With encouragement comes greater self-confidence and enhanced self-esteem. When you focus energy on recognizing and encouraging someone’s strengths, instead of weaknesses, those strengths become even stronger.
Take fifteen minutes and analyze your encouragement skills. Ask yourself:
1. What things do I do daily to encourage the people in my life?
2. What can I do today to enhance my ability to be more encouraging?
3. What should I accept more fully within myself to become more accepting of others?
Would you like to enhance your encouraging skills? You can begin by recognizing and appreciating the uniqueness within each of us. Encouragers don’t set out to change people; they appreciate those special qualities that make each one of us individual and special. Are you an encourager? Have you been an “encourager” lately?
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