"The way to develop the best that is in a
man is by appreciation and encouragement."
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Give Your Encouragement
Who Needs Encouragement?
Everyone has times when they could use some support or motivation from
others. That means everyone is a candidate for being encouraged by you.
is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend."
Katharine Butler Hathaway
Look for someone you
that has been disappointed or is going through a tough moment in their
life. Showing an interest in them can be very encouraging even if there
may not be anything you can do to improve or fix their situation.
Look for someone that
influenced you. That might be a person you look up to and you can't
imagine they need encouragement. Everyone needs encouragement and I
don't believe there is any better way than to be told by someone that
you were a help to them.
Look for someone that
putting in a great effort or doing a great job at something. It does
not have to be something you are benefiting from. You just have to take
notice and show an interest. Your encouragement will reinforce the
actions of that individual and may give them the strength to do even
greater things in the future.
How to Give Your
In addition to encouraging someone through a personal conversation,
handwritten notes are also a great way to encourage someone. In fact,
notes allow the person to keep and read your thoughts anytime they feel
it is needed (well after you will remember writing and giving it to
them). Here are a couple tips to keep in mind when writing an
Keep the note extremely
positive and don’t criticize in any way.
Write the note the way
would say it in person. It needs to be real. If you try to sound like a
poet or a preacher and you aren’t one, it will not seem as
genuine to the reader.
Write it as soon as you
after thinking about it. If God put it in your head to write it then
now is when that person needs it the most. Also, if you don’t
it soon, then you may forget about it or start convincing yourself it
is too late.
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