The Power Of Encouragement

Have you ever experienced an entire day … or week (or month … shudder at the thought) without anyone appreciating one or more of all the right and positive things you did? Ever feel unappreciated? Do you occasionally wonder if anyone cares that you put your heart and soul into producing excellent products?

Maybe your personal “Thanking Meter” (i.e. YOU thanking or acknowledging OTHERS) has run low and you need to top it up and it will overflow back in your direction. That is a powerful solution. Do unto others what you would want done unto you.

Here is another thought. Have you ever noticed that when someone gives you a positive comment for an ability you just demonstrated, you feel like doing more of it? Vice versa, if someone notices something that you did that was wrong and points it out, you probably feel introverted and bad. The moral here is that what you focus on, you will get more of. Therefore, if you focus on ability, you will get more ability, and conversely, if you focus on disability, you will get more of THAT.

There are many ways this can be seen in a practice: staff to other staff, staff to boss (novel concept), and boss to staff (good leadership skill). You can even do this for yourself, where you focus your attention on what you can do well and don’t get stuck or hung up on your disabilities. Always work to improve abilities.


Here are some suggested acknowledgements to start you off:

  • Thank you.
  • Very good.
  • Well done!
  • Amazing.
  • Good job.
  • That was awesome how you….!
  • Nice going.
  • Wow, I didn’t know you were so amazing at that!

Be sincere! And thank away!


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