When talking to your friends, family, employees, or anyone else, do you use encouraging words, or discouraging words?
The words and tone you choose matter. They reflect, and impact, your attitude. Your words are the window into your perspective on the world.
Choose discouraging words, and you actively create a discouraging environment for those around you.
Choose encouraging words, use encouraging questions, and guess what…you create an encouraging environment.
The power to create an encouraging environment, an encouraging attitude, is in your hands everyday.
Here’s an exercise for you. Seek out three people to encourage today. Encourage them with your words, your questions, and your actions. Show them that you are genuinely interested in what they have to say. Be appreciative of their unique efforts and skills. Actively consider how to help them be more successful in achieving their goals. Repeat this exercise everyday.
Does this exercise make you uncomfortable? If so, maybe you should be the first person you seek out to encourage.