I have always enjoyed being a cheerleader for others; encouraging them to reach for their goals/dreams; encouraging them to keep going and not give up; encouraging them to cross the finish line. People have told me that my gift was that of encouraging. Merriam-Webster defines encouragement is defined as the action of giving someone support, confidence or hope.
I recently had the opportunity to truly understand the power of encouragement. Of course I knew that encouragement was important, but I don’t think I fully understand it transforming power for the person being encouraged. I was speaking with a client last week, and she told me, in the sweetest way, that she felt it was important that I know that my work as a Life Coach was making the difference. I was truly taken aback and humbled at the same time. I was so fortified, strengthened and invigorated to not simply continue but to excel.
God tells us to encourage one another daily, lest we become hardened by the world (Hebrews 3:13). Some of the benefits of encouragement include:
If you have an opportunity to encourage someone, do it!
Blessings - Janice
Associate Certified Coach, ICF