“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.” ~ Unknown
Isn’t it wonderful how a single person can influence and change your whole life? How can a single book turn your life around? How a kind word, coming from a total stranger can help you see life from a different perspective; how encouragement coming from a friend can help you see the great potential that lies within you?
You often hear people saying how they want to make a change, how they want to improve the world around them, how they want to improve their life and of those around them, affirming that, in order for this to happen they have to make a lot effort, they have to work hard on it and also a long period of time, but that isn’t always true.
You see, we can improve the life of those around us without too much effort, time or energy. There are those simple things, simple things that will have a great impact on the life of those around us; simple deeds with great love, this is the key to making a change, this is the key to making those around you become more then they are, this is the key to helping them become whatever it is that they were meant to become.
You can have a great impact on somebody’s life by simply believing in them. You can help somebody so much by giving them your encouragement and support, your trust and affection. By encouraging them to follow their dreams, to encourage them to aspire and to want more from life and from themselves. This is something that doesn’t take too much effort, it doesn’t take too much time and it won’t cost a dime. It’s totally free, while at the same time priceless, priceless for those who receive this gift from you.
I once had the privilege to get into contact with an amazing man, one of the most beautiful people I have ever encounter in my entire life, and this man would see the beauty in everybody around him and would turn everybody from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan.
He could see the great potential that was hidden in every person he worked with, and he wasn’t afraid to show these people how great they were, and what they were really capable of. People with a low level of self-esteem, people who would see themselves as being worthless or of little value, people who would not understand what this man saw in them would turn into people of great value for the company they were working at.
“Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain
Because of his trust in their capabilities, their unique gifts, and talents, he managed to transform their lives, he managed to turn them into great men and women.Every person that would work with him would eventually blossom. Because of his trust in them, because of his belief in them, he helped them become more, more then they ever though would be possible of becoming.
He once had a student, an intern from Brazil, and this girl was so shy… and her English was so bad, you could hardly get along with her, and she was so clumsy, so afraid of everybody around her, afraid to have a conversation with her colleagues and with her superiors.
She used to cry every day because she couldn’t understand many of the things the people she was working with were trying to tell her, and she saw herself as being unable of performing her job, incapable of having a decent conversation in English, however, after 6 months months of working with him, she became a manager and her English was now excellent… all because she had somebody who trusted her, somebody who made her believe that she can overcome her limits, fears etc. , somebody who made her see how much she can learn and how fast she can grow.
All you need to do is show people that you care and that you believe in them more than they believe in themselves. Nothing more and nothing less. This is how you give people wings, this is how you can transform lives. So simple, so easy and so effective.
I know so many people who see themselves as being worth so little, people who are always comparing themselves to those people who are better than they are; people who lack self esteem, people who were raised to believe that there is nothing special about them… but the moment somebody starts believing in them, the moment somebody starts to see in them something that not even themselves were capable of seeing, that is the moment their whole life change, that is the moment their whole life will turn around.
That is the moment a shift will take place and their whole life will be transformed, whether they realize it or not.
It takes so little effort to make a great impact. It takes so little to transform lives, it takes so little to make others and yourself happy. And how can you be anything other than happy when you see how these people are blossoming, and all because one person believed in them. For the first time, somebody believed in them…