The Power of Encouragement!

What an exciting week it has been with some great meetings, a very positive coaching session, and a wonderful Masterclass in Cheshire. I received confirmation of two speaking events one in December and one in March through a speaking agency I am registered with, and these are the first of potentially more bookings to come.

On Sunday I had the privilege of running my Mental Resilience Masterclass for the international staff of one of the world’s leading glass manufacturers – the NSG group in Japan which includes Pilkington Glass. They had invited 23 key managers and directors from across the world to attend two weeks of training.

What a wonderful day

My session ran on Sunday and the feedback was outstanding. This is very encouraging because the delegates came from Japan, USA, China, India, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, UK and Italy. The various cultures involved could have been a challenge but the response to the Masterclass was fantastic and great fun to deliver.

They were a great group who really got involved in the various techniques I shared, and this gives me great encouragement for my dream to deliver this across the world. Julie and I shared an evening dinner with them which was very enjoyable. Their words of encouragement certainly made me feel very good and made a difference.

The power of Encouragement

People will probably forget what you said, and they will possibly forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Either a good or bad word from someone will stay with you for a long while – but how they made you feel in what they said – will stay with you forever.

Of course, there’s two sides to this principle (as there is for most things in life) – both equally important. One aspect is the negative, destructive one. If we drive a nail into something, or a knife into someone (whether real or virtual) – even when we remove them – the resulting damage, or scar, remains forever.

It really does make a difference

The other aspect of this principle – the one we really should focus on – is the power of encouragement. The power of uplifting words or actions to another individual – or group of people – is almost impossible to measure – but the results will be sustainable if the words or actions are used consistently.

My suggestion to you is to give encouragement on a daily basis – and if you’re not particularly good at it – then try it for just one week and see how it feels – and observe the change in the dynamics of the people around you – they will be incredible. One week of successful encouragement will change your entire life – because it will become a great habit.

It’s easy to say nothing if someone in our lives does something that involves some level of achievement (no matter how large or small) – but your life (and theirs) will become far richer and more fulfilling if you can learn to give genuine praise and encouragement.

Thoughts for the week:
1. How do you feel when you receive words of encouragement from someone?
2. Do you sometimes give words of encouragement?
3. Can you take the challenge of giving at least one word of encouragement to someone every day for a week?
4. Observe how you feel after each word of encouragement.

Well that’s it for this week have a great weekend and stay positive.

Warm regards


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