the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope.
-my trusty friend, Google
Monday is a great chance to start off the week fresh.
What better way than to set a goal that we can work on together?
Take a moment and reflect. In your day to day life who is the kindest person you know? The person whose presence just makes everyone’s day. If it’s not already, it could very well be you..now isn’t that nice?
Have you ever had a bad day where everything seemed to go wrong and someone said something to lift your spirits?
It may have been the one thing you needed to get your mind back on track.
Encouragement to a person is like fertilizer to the soil. It helps people to not only grow, it can motivate them to flourish.
When given generously it contributes a happy home life. It is especially important for children to feel encouraged. It helps to build confidence and helps them to thrive. In the classroom and workplace, it leads to greater satisfaction as well as better quality work.
That being said let’s make it our 1st Goal for……..Motivation Monday…yeah that’s really cheesy.
This week encourage at least one person each day.
How can I do this?
Who will I encourage?
When it come to HOW we can be encouraging keep it simple. There are different ways to be encouraging. The most important thing is that you take the initiative. A simple act of kindness can make someone’s day.
- Is someone sick?
Write them a “get well” note, greeting card or text.
Swing through a local coffee shop and pick them up a cup of warm tea.
Drop off Soup or Lunch.
Grab a bunch of stuff at a grocery and bring it to them. (tissues, favorite magazine, juice, soup)
Call and see if they need anything. Tell them you were thinking of them.
- Did someone do a good job?
Be specific. Tell them what you liked.
Get them a Starbucks card with a brief note saying “ Great Job on _______!”
Tell them what point you appreciate in their talk or presentation.
Stop off and pick up a cupcake from your local bakery.
Rent their favorite video game.
Write a letter. Kids love this.
Tell them you are proud because _________.
There are an abundance of people we might encounter each day which makes the WHO easy to find. The delivery man. A friendly cashier. Our car wash attendant. The janitor. The CEO. The goal is to be attentive and look for opportunities to offer encouragement.
Our Goal in Action
Never underestimate its value. A person may appear to be callous or indifferent but your kind words may have far reaching effects. Years later they may convey exactly what a kind word at the right time meant to them. Better yet they may never tell you but replicate it to someone else at the right time.
Don’t let the opportunity pass. People are recognizing the value of being purposeful or living with intention. When someone does a great job or you notice a great quality, express it to them with kind words. It may be as simple as a young person holding the door for you and you saying “ It’s so nice to see that people are still kind today, thank you.” Even if 100 people fail to thank them your kind words may motivate them to continue being kind.
Be specific with encouragement. Let them know exactly what you were encouraged by. It’s easy to fall into a routine of generalizing everything. Instead of saying “Nice to see you,” think about the person qualities. “It’s nice come in and see that you choose to smile everyday, it makes a real difference!”
Encouragement like true love is something that everyone needs. Although true, many people go through life receiving very little of it. This week we are going to do something positive to change that.
The question is: Who will you encourage?
Note to self: Offer encouragement generously. Most definitely remember this post.