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The Power of Encouragement

Updated: Oct 6, 2019

Encouragements act like a bridge between despair and optimism. Sometimes, encouragement does work instantaneously.

The courage that you give to others gives them to strength to stand up and gear again, to accomplish goals one after the other, to stop the self-critic and so on. With just a little bit of encouragement, the other person might find his pitfalls and struggles as opportunities. Encouragement has the power to alter your perspective and thought patterns. Just one word of encouragement at the time can make a person to not quit and not succumb to failures.

Encouragement contains the word ‘courage’ in it. The person who does receives encouragement also receives courage along with. To give courage, we also need to be in a courageous position to actually give the encouragement to others to move ahead in their lives and pursue their dreams and goals. When we experience courage inside of us, only then we have the strength to give courage to others.

Each one of us has the power to empower others. It’s only important that you realize this power.

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

In general, people like to be around others who are encouraging and supportive of others. At times when you have felt low on motivation or energy, you might have experienced the power of someone’s encouragement on your mood, productivity, and overall growth. Consider yourself lucky if you have a few people in your life who encourage, support and lift you up. Whatever roles we play in our daily lives, whether as a teacher, parents, sibling or friend, we all can be that person who always encourages others. Whenever you find an encouragement gap, fill it up instantly and see the impact. The difference can be big or small, sooner or later, but it surely will be there. Even if you see less of a difference in their behavior, don’t stop, continue to encourage and help others.

There are various ways to encourage others. Some of them can be:

- Making them realize their qualities and abilities

- Remind them of their past success which would tell them that they can do it again

Even when someone is not facing a challenging situation, never move away from encouraging. Imagine if your boss says to you one day without any specific reason how hard working you are. This will instantly put a smile on your face and the next time it might make you actually give him a reason to praise you. The result of the encouragement is a win-win for both the employee and the boss.

At last, think about when someone’s encouraging words changed the course of your life, made you smile or increased your productivity. Realize its importance and do the same for others.

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