Encouragement is a gift we give to others and to ourselves. If you spend time encouraging others, it will make your life better.
Recently, this online magazine has been writing articles about encouragement. Future articles on the topic of encouragement will be dedicated to:
who to encourage
how to encourage
when to encourage
Spread encouragement because it makes the world a better place.
It is my hope that by reading these articles you will improve your life and the lives of those around you. I want to support you in efforts to spread the warming caress of encouragement. According to the online dictionary encouragement is defined as follows:
the act of encouraging.
the state of being encouraged.
something that encourages: Praise is the greatest encouragement.
No matter where I find myself, or what I find myself doing, I seek to encourage other people. I admit my reasons for doing so may be selfish. Misery loves company, but you know what, that company doesn’t have to be me. So, I try to encourage people. I find ways to make them feel as if their every dream and desire is theirs for the taking. I want them to know they just have to reach out and take what they want. The words, phrases, ideas, pictures, and other things I use to provide encouragement are genuine and unique to each situation.
When you are trying to encourage someone, you are thinking about what will make the recipient feel good. You need to know what will give the recipient the strength, courage, or a kick in the butt to do something. Think about a mother trying to get a baby to eat the mashed bananas. She will talk in a sweet tone. She will make a smiling face and she will insist softly and sweetly that the baby can eat the mashed banana.
If she is good, she make the baby want to eat the banana. The mama will make the baby feel that life will be so much better if he eats the bananas. When you encourage, you should try to do the same thing.
When you provide encouragement, you make people feel better.
If you have a friend who wants to start a new sideline business, but is scared don’t sit and pity party with her. Don’t have one of those indulgent conversations about all the things that could go wrong and should keep her from even trying. Instead, throw an encouragement party. This is the time to tell your friend to put on her big girl panties and her fake it until she makes it (with work) dress and get moving. Tell her to write a business plan, to figure out where she is going to get customers. Tell her to do something towards taking the business from dream to reality.
I do not like to hang around miserable people. When people are smiling, happy, and feeling confident about the world and their place in it, they are more fun to be around. Have you ever noticed that miserable people literally make you sick but happy people make you feel good? So, for your own good health, encourage people around you and put them in a good mood. Encourage the people you are around so you can have a better time. Encouraging others will make them better to be around and make your life better.
Giving encourgement to others will make your life better.
Encourage others because we reap what we sow. You know the expression, what goes around comes around. If you are a person who is known for encouraging other people, folks will rally around to encourage you. You should encourage others because there will be days when you need encouragement. Every person on the planet has days when they are feeling sad, tired, or down in the dumps.
On those days you will want people to give you encouragement and to pick you up. The notions of the Golden Rule, karma, and reaping what you so all say that if you spread encouragement, encouragement will come to you when you need it. You will be surprised at how the encouragement comes as a surprise when you need it, but didn’t ask for it yet.
If you want to read more about creating the confidence you need to succeed, check out:
- Confidence Tip – Keep Track of Your Wins
- Creating Confidence – You Can Do It
- Confidence Tip – Start Your Day with Affirmations
- Take Action Now and Create the Confidence You Want
Also, check out our Confidence Tip of the Day YouTube channel for hundreds of videos on creating the confidence you need to succeed.
Encouragement, what goes around comes around.
I have tried to build a reputation as a cheerleader. I am someone who encourages others and helps them to reach their dreams. When I have been having hard I have had people in the real world and through social media give me encouragement. Their encouragement came in the form of words, Twitter posts, blog posts, phone calls, and greeting cards.
I have been brought to tears of joy by people giving me encouragement just when I needed it. I am not going to lie or act nonchalant about it. You should know I cried like a baby wanting a bottle and I was so thrilled and so happy. The encouragement I received, just in a nick of time was like water to the thirsty or food to the hungry. It was just what I needed when I needed it and it was wonderful.
Encouragement can save a life or a dream. So go ahead, be a hero, spread some encouragement. If you encourage others, encouragement will come to you when you need it. So the question for you this serene day is why do you encourage other people?