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It has been said that "Man can live about 40 days without food, about 3 days without water, about 8 minutes without air, but only for 1 second without hope."

Encouragement is the hope we give another about who they really are and what they can truly accomplish. It is the vision of another person that builds relationships, strengthens and bonds families, causes teams to rise to their greatest potential, and brings new life and achievement on any corner of the globe where it is found.

Even a man who accomplished as much, and overcame as much adversity, as President Abraham Lincoln needed encouragement. At the time of his assassination, the contents of his pocket were: a pocket knife, a watch fob, a brown leather wallet, a five dollar bill, two pairs of gold-rimmed spectacles and eight newspaper clippings showing positive portrayals of his leadership. Even a man as great as what many people view Lincoln to be, needed encouragement and the reminder that he was doing the right thing and making a difference.

Encouragement can:

Create new hope

Inspire perseverance

Be the highlight of someone's day

Cast vision for what can be accomplished

Build self-esteem

Generate new energy and effort

Cause the person who is encouraged to also encourage others

Recall past successes as building blocks of future successes

Simple ways to encourage others:

Notice the contributions they make and mention them

Show appreciation for the intentions behind the actions

Recognize strengths, gifts and abilities in others and bring attention to them

Create opportunities and ideas of how strengths can be used to further make a significant difference

Applaude their successes in front of others

Remind of the good that has come as a result of their attitudes and efforts

Ask questions and then listen, to gain better understanding- people work best when they feel understood and valued

"Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is."
–Anne Frank

With the right encouragement, the sky is the limit for all of us! Encourage someone today!


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