The hustle of the holiday season is in full swing along with the stress of finding the right gift for friends and family. The barrage of special deals, discounts, free shipping, and “gotta have it” gift items is at a mind numbing pace.
As we continue on our journey to build and strengthen our character, there is a principle that is at the heart of one of the most needed gifts we can provide those around us. The principle of encouragement can help to bolster the positive impact we desire to have on others. Encouragement is a most needed gift that we can readily give to those around us.
There has been a great deal of research done on the importance of the principle of encouragement. We can probably all remember a time when someone, a close family member, friend, teacher, coach, or boss shared a word of encouragement when “quit” looked good and we were in a dark valley wondering how things were going to turn out. Encouragement is a most needed gift.
As today’s world continues to grow in complexity and uncertainty, the principle of encouragement can go a long way to assist those around us to keep moving forward in pursuit of their hopes and dreams despite the challenges they face.
A word of encouragement provides several benefits to an individual:
- Encouragement helps to meet an important need in all of us; the need to know we belong. It reminds us that someone is interested in us and our present situation.
- Encouragement demonstrates that someone believes in our potential. In a world with a natural bent toward the negative, encouragement helps all of us refocus on a positive point of view which consistently proves to be the differentiator between people achieving goals and those that fall short….a positive mindset.
- Encouragement reminds us that we should have high expectations. Many times we can let self-doubt and fear steal our potential to do great things. Encouragement helps us fix our eyes on the unlimited potential we have to make a difference in this world.
An important role we can all play is in helping others reach their full potential. As we become more intentional about using the principle of encouragement, we will continue to build and strengthen our character and Character Creates Opportunity® to help others more effectively face the inevitable challenges in life and keep them moving forward along the path to reach their hopes and dreams.