How often are you encouraged?
In your work or even in your relationship with others when was the last time you heard a word of encouragement?
In your work or even in your relationship with others when was the last time you heard word of a critical nature?
What happens more often, words that are critical or words that are encouraging?
Encouragement is a moment of inspiration given to another that is both genuine and authentic.
What does encouragement say to you?
You are important
You have talent, capabilities and strengths
You have gifts
You have value, in self and in ideas
Encouragement is a source of hope.
For every criticism you receive you should get five words of encouragement.
So, what does encouragement do? Do you feel more secure when you are encouraged? Do you feel more confident when you are encouraged? Do you feel like you can take a risk when you are encouraged?
Today do something new – something that makes you feel alive – something that strengthens the core of who you are – something that will generate internal energy – what can you do, when will you start?
“What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the Sun?
“I (Robert Greenleaf) counsel you to be aware of your priceless gift of creativity. No matter how small and flickering a light it may seem to be at the time, cultivate it as a pearl beyond price. Whatever your competence in your chosen field turns out to be, and regardless of the size of the opportunities that may come your way in the foreseeable world, your imaginative capacity will measure the productive use of your strengths and opportunities.” Robert K. Greenleaf “The Power of Servant Leadership”, 98)
Are you aware of the gifts you have?
Have you cultivated your gifts so that you can maximize the results of your gifting?
Are you able to use your gifts in a way that passion is aroused within you?
Granted the questions are yes/no answers, and if the answers are no, what are you going to do to release the gifts that you have hidden away so that they can be a benefit to you and to others?
What can you do today to start utilizing your gifts, talents and strengths?
It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
“As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.” — Denis Waitley
“To make a man happy, fill his hands with work, his heart with affection, his mind with purpose, his memory with useful knowledge, his future with hope, and his stomach with food.” — Frederick E. Crane
On February 28, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson received the permission to send Lewis and Clark on a mission of discovery. Their goal was to explore uncharted territories, to learn about the West and to find the passage to the Northwest. Beyond the Mississippi was a mystery, it was the unknown land, it was where Indians lived and perhaps the Wooly Mammoth.
Lewis and Clark had to have great courage to face the obstacles that would challenge their expedition.
Our lives are like that Lewis and Clark expedition. We want to discover, we want to experience, and we want to live fully. Imagine the courage it took to face each day not knowing what you would see around the next bend in the Missouri River. Would you face sickness, weather, or the environment as each day progressed. Lewis and Clark experienced the wild; they lived in it and were challenged by it.
What are the necessary attributes to explore?
Destiny – Destination
Openness to change
Are these the same attributes we need in the world we live in today? What makes those attributes important? How do those attributes inform you? How do you define those attributes? What other attributes does one need to perform in today’s world?
“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realised, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” J.K. Rowling June 2008 Harvard Commencement Speech
“I like to think about the hero’s journey in other terms. I like to think about a little boy who is being encouraged to leave a safe, known and desirable place to journey to a place that he has only been told about. I like to think of those blue-collar laborer who, after an agonizing deliberation, decides to risk the job rather than follow an unethical behavior. I like to think about the hero’s journey in terms of you and me and our continual search for meaning and definition in life. “ R. E. Quinn “Deep Change”
Inspiration, risk and failure and come together when we decide we need to change. Fear inhibits us from being all that we can be. Inspiration informs of us of what we could be. Risk is the step we must take to become all that we can be.
How often do we operate in pretense? We have to know who we are and what we can do and that can be frightening if we hold doubt in our hands and let it overtake what we know and want to be true. It is so easy to talk ourselves out of change. It is so easy to quit the race.
When we set the goals, create the plan and begin to execute the plan we should have someone who is willing to hold us to those goals.
Read these words by Kierkegaard, “If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never.”
Seek the passion of the plan. Seek the passion of the goals. Seek the passion of realizing a dream. Begin now!
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I’ve been riding bicycles for years, many years and most of the time I ride into the wind. Today I had a tailwind, a brisk wind at my back that propelled my two wheeler close to the speed limit of 40 mph. It was fun while it lasted and I knew that I would have to face that same wind as my route would bring me into the full brunt of the wind.
In life there are times when we will have a tailwind and things will seem to pass by easily and quickly. It will be fun but that fun won’t last long. The winds will change and we will face the wind that seems to sap us of our strength.
In cycling it is always better to ride with others especially when the wind is in your face. When you ride in a large group you can take shelter behind those in front of you and that saves an enormous amount of energy. It makes the ride much more fun. Riding alone into the wind is draining. There is never a break when you ride into the wind alone.
When you face a headwind don’t face it alone. Find someone who can shelter you from the full force of the wind. Find someone who can share the burden. It will make a difference, it will make the journey enjoyable.
‘The most important three words you can say to yourself. “Yes I can.”’ Denis Waitley