Cheering from the Bleachers- Character Creates Opportunity®: Thursday, August 11, 2022

Do you remember hearing your parents cheering for you from the bleachers when you were a kid playing a game, a band concert or some other major event?

Encouragement has always been a source of energy to continue fighting the good fight in any endeavor.  As kids, it always gave us a helpful boost to our efforts.

Even though we are not kids anymore, encouragement still has the same effect on our efforts to keep moving forward on the important things in life as adults.

As we continue on our journey to be our best for those we care about most, one simple step we can hard-wire into our daily routine is to send some “cheering from the bleachers” just like the good old days to those we care about most who are playing today on a different field or a different stage. Encouragement helps in a few critical ways:

  1. Research in this area would say we experience a great deal more negativity and apathy than encouragement from interactions throughout our daily routines. The large proportion of negativity and apathy can have a significant impact on our overall well-being. As we become more intentional about providing some encouragement, we can be the catalyst to help change someone’s outlook…and they may need that today.
  2. When we reach out with an encouraging word, touch, or connection, we tell someone they matter to us which is one of the most heart-warming acknowledgments that we all seek. Someone close to us may need to know that today.   
  3. Sharing some positive energy in the form of encouragement has been shown to actually transform our own outlook as well. We all could use a boost to help pull ourselves out of our own valley that we will occasionally find ourselves journeying through. We may need that boost today.

We play an important role in helping others to keep moving forward in pursuit of their hopes and dreams. As we send some “cheering from the bleachers” we will build and strengthen our character and Character Creates Opportunity to have a positive impact on those around us and reach our own full potential.

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