Following hot on the heels of last week’s Blog I have chosen to write about encouragement, for without it I think many of us would not achieve our goals or even dare to dream big. We all need some encouragement in our everyday lives.
Encouragement is a wonderful gift and, if we are lucky enough, something we will hopefully receive throughout our lives from friends and family. From the time we take our first steps our parents or guardians are offering us encouraging words to reach their outstretched hands and when we do, we feel very pleased with ourselves usually to the accompaniment of much cheering, clapping and praise of how clever we are. Next time you are in the presence of a baby, just watch them when they are learning to take their first few steps and see how happy they are when they reach their destination.
If we are fortunate, our family and friends support and encourage us at different times throughout our lives. For example:
- Encouragement to do something
- Encouragement to finish something – go over the line, a child’s race at sports day
- Encouragement that things will get better in our times of need
- Encouragement to get better when we are sick
Encouragement can come in many forms such as listening to someone’s speech which might strike a chord and becomes the inspiration that spurs us into action. For example, Michelle Obama frequently offers encouragement to young people to complete their education, to travel and to believe in themselves and that they really are good enough and can achieve their dreams. Reading an autobiography of someone who may have struggled during their life but pulled out all the stops to go for what they believed in can also offer us encouragement.
Back in 2012, the UK celebrated its most successful Olympics here in London. When the competitors were interviewed later they all said it was the crowd cheering them on that really helped with their performance and to pull out all the stops.
As we can see from the above, encouragement is a wonderful way of offering positive support and is an extremely powerful tool in all aspects of our lives.
With encouragement comes enthusiasm and once we start to take small baby steps, we become enthusiastic about how many more steps we can take and aware of how far we can go and begin to feel excited. In turn, we begin to feel more energised. Have you ever found yourself in a situation when you have so much energy and enthusiasm that you want to finish something that you’ve started and you find yourself going to bed much later than usual or waking up earlier so you can continue or finish something? This is of course a sign that we are enjoying what are doing. So just by someone’s words of encouragement we not only find ourselves doing something we thought might not be possible but we find we have more life and energy and as a result are much happier.
Interestingly, the word encouragement goes straight to the heart. The word itself comes from a combination of the prefix en which means “to put into” and the Latin root cor which means “heart”.
Whatever stage we are in our lives, young or old, we all need encouragement, so why not greet someone today with some words of encouragement no matter how small. You never know it might help someone achieve their dreams, make that change or just feel happier that someone noticed them and took the time.
I would love to hear from you when you received encouragement at a time when you felt like giving up or when you didn’t think you could do something and the difference the encouragement made to you. I know that I have achieved lots during my lifetime that I would never have dreamed of and it was all thanks to some very special peoples’ encouragement and belief in me, for example I am a qualified homeopath and have also achieved second degree Reiki and am able to practice.
Wishing all my lovely readers a wonderful week full of love and happiness.
Claire gray said:
I completely agree with your sentiment, encouragement creates energy. I thrive in positive environments where praise and encouragement motivates me to do more and try harder.
I remember becoming stuck with my riding, and I lost belief in myself of my capabilities. My instructor joked one day that I should ride his (literally) big black stallion, who was very sensitive. I laughed…..until I arrived the next day to find the horse tacked up and waiting for me.
I felt really nervous getting on him, but after lots of encouragement to build my confidence I ended the session jumping a course of jumps, much higher than I’d ever done before.
That simple action from my instructor gave me the energy I needed to push myself further!
Tracey Marie said:
Sometimes Claire all we need is a little push in the right direction in all aspects of our lives. It is only by doing things that we learn but sometimes we can become stuck but with encouragement we can move forward. I’m glad your instructor did what he did because it showed he had faith and it encouraged you to believe in yourself again.
Sonia DECONINCK said:
Encouragement… As you said, Tracey :” to bring more into the heart”. What a magic word ! To increase one’s courage, one’s self confidence, one’s belief is also to make it together with the one we want to “encourage”. To share his burden or to help aiming at his wishes.It’s also being part of it.. It’s a sign of solidarity, a token of friendship or an expression of love, but also positive energy. Indeed, we all need encouragement because we all meet difficulties at different stages of our life and this positive energy can make a huge difference.
Tracey Marie said:
I think you hit the nail on the head Sonia – it is positive energy and by giving positive energy we raise the energy around us and hopefully more and more people will feel uplifted and encouraged in all that they do. Thank you as always for taking the time to reply. I find it encouraging when people comment as it means my Blog is being read.
Encouragement is something everyone could use in their lives. Sadly, many don’t get it. It’s up to us to keep the energy and the messages strong, to pass it forward, eventually others may catch on.
Tracey Marie said:
I agree with you 100% Debby, no matter how small encouragement can make a big difference to those who are on the receiving end.
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Baby steps turn into giant leaps with encouragement. 🙂
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