The Gift of Encouragement

Published on 23 June 2024 at 23:00

The ability to encourage others can make a difference in your life as well as the life of the person you are helping. My mentor Dr. Donald Nichols always reminds me that I have the gift of encouragement. At first, I did not think much of it, I only realized that when I saw how my encouragement made an impact on others. Encouragement instills hope, optimism, and upliftment when someone needs it the most. Whether you encourage an adult or child, it helps in their growth and development as an individual. Your compassion for people gives you the ability to encourage and help them be hopeful, which in turn gives them the motivation to keep trying and not give up on themselves. it is imperative that we encourage people who may coping with challenging times in their life, since we all need hope. Hope never dies, unless you or someone else creates its demise. Think about that for a second, and consider if you need encouragement and hope at a certain moment in life and someone is there to fulfill that. It would be a blessing if someone was there to encourage you when you needed it the most.

“When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you're making a commitment and difference in that person's life. Encouragement does make a difference.”- Zig Ziglar

“Be an Encourager: When you encourage others, you boost their self-esteem, enhance their self-confidence, make them work harder, lift their spirits, and make them successful in their endeavors. Encouragement goes straight to the heart and is always available. Be an encourager. Always.” - Roy T. Bennett

“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.” - Shannon L. Alder

“A pure heart does not demean the spirit of an individual, it, instead, compels the individual to examine his spirit.” - Criss Jami

When you live a life full of compassion, humility,  and kindness it enables you to encourage others with ease. Like encouraging a child or a student to succeed in school, because you want them to be successful for their future. I guess the same goes for an adult, who may be struggling with life endeavors, and they may need encouragement from a stranger, family, or friend. As a society, we sometimes spend more time congratulating people for the wrong reasons, rather than encouraging someone who can truly accomplish something special. Encouragement does not require a monetary component, although money can help if you have some to share, only if the person is a worthy cause for sure. Empathy and understanding are helpful when you are considering encouraging others.  Sometimes we may not know what someone is going through in their life, and a person's encouragement can be a ray of sunshine and hope for that person. When you can encourage someone, you help them build confidence in themselves. This encourages a person to not give up on themselves, and keep moving forward in life.

“Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Always encourage and uplift your friends, because when they shine, You Beam!

You are a reflection of the friends you choose.” - Charmaine J. Forde

“The one commonality was encouragement, a lot of encouragement. In each case, there was a parent or close relative who rewarded any display of talent and ignored or punished the opposite. Prodigies, it seemed, were made, not born.” - Steven Kotler

"Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you." - Mary Lou Retton

Some of us are dreamers, and I sincerely believe that some dreams do become reality. As long as those dreams are followed through with realistic attainable goals, and together with the right support and encouragement the possibilities are achievable. It is best to never discourage potential, and always show support and encouragement where possible. Earlier at the beginning of all my health challenges, I did not expect to survive. When I was strong enough and able to go back and study further, it only took a few people to see something in me and give me the encouragement and support I needed. Despite all the limitations placed upon me by my illness and disability, I succeeded in my education. Sometimes society and life itself can place unreasonable limitations or hurdles for individuals to succeed, therefore encouragement can serve as a means of a positive boost for people who may need it the most. It only takes a few people to see the true potential in you, and the sincerity to encourage you to believe in yourself and trust in your ability.

“Provided the right environment and the proper encouragement, it meant that everyone had a shot at perfection.” - Steven Kotler

“Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams: Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you.” - Roy T. Bennett,

“Encourage, lift, and strengthen one another. For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all. For we are connected, one and all.” - Deborah Day

“You will hardly find wrong people in the right places. Choose to be at the right places and you will find the right people who will inspire you to make it happen!”

- Israelmore Ayivor

“How deeply you touch another life is how rich your life is.” - Sadhguru

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