A client just passed on this wonderful article from Success Magazine about encouragement that just might change your year.
What’s so great about being a coach, and having a coach, is the exchange of courage. Every great athlete has a coach. It wasn’t always that way! In the 1970s, tennis players just went on the court and won, hopefully. Then Bjorn Borg showed up at a match with some sidekick (his “coach”) and the other guys laughed. That is, until he crushed them and won the finals. They all went out and got a coach. There really is no honor in doing things by yourself. That’s a horrible myth that has created a separated culture devoid of encouragement.
Words contain POWER! When we left the age of magic for the scientific age, we forgot the power of words. They used to be incantations. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the word.” When you understand the word “encourage” you can access it’s power. Check it out:
–verb (used with object), -aged, -ag⋅ing.
1. to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence: His coach encouraged him throughout the marathon race to keep on running.
Notice encourage is made up of three Latin roots.
- en- “make, put into”
- cour “heart”
- -age – modifies a noun giving it greater mass
So literally, en-cour-age means “to put the greater mass of heart into another”. Encourage a co-worker, your spouse, your kids, or a stranger today. Open up your heart and let people encourage you. Notice how there are people all around you that have been encouraging you but your heart was closed by ego.