“A leader is a dealer in hope.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
What John shares in this video doesn’t just apply to people in the corporate world. If you are a parent, a teacher, a volunteer in a community organization, a doctor, a librarian, or really anyone, you can make a huge impact on those around you with just a few encouraging words. Here are a few tips to help you go for the good.
1. Stop focusing on yourself.
I’ve heard this called the belly-button mentality. We tend to get so worried about what we are doing or how others might perceive us that we tend to get stuck focusing on ourselves. Don’t be so concerned about what others think of you. Look up and around instead of down at your own belly-button. This way, you’ll start seeing more opportunities to encourage others.
2. Be authentic.
Don’t offer fake compliments or be a cheerleader. When looking for the good, mention something you genuinely like or appreciate even if it is something small. Then tell the person why you like it. This is a lot more meaningful than just being a cheerleader offering platitudes like, “You’re awesome!” Be specific with your compliments.
3. Do this for yourself.
Acknowledge the things you do well. We’ve probably all heard the admonition that we are not supposed to toot our own horn, but there is a difference between being boastful and simply acknowledging to yourself and others the value you bring to the table with your own unique skills, talents and perspective. This is not just healthy for you. Granting yourself permission to find good in yourself can help encourage others to do the same.
What are some other ways you go for the good? Please share with us below. 🙂