Issue 142, July 5, 2006
David DeFord, publisher
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Cheering Others to Victory
by David DeFord
Sports teams love to play before their home crowds. Except for very rare exceptions, every professional and college team wins more games at home than they win on the road.
The energy of the partisan crowd creates this home-field advantage.
Athletic teams consider their home fans as contributing members of their teams. The energetic roar of the encouraging home crowd helps their athletes win. Performance improves when exposed to the collective energy of thousands of well-wishers.
In basketball, they call the home crowd “the sixth man.”
As a former athlete, I know of the powerful influence of cheering fans. My confidence rose when I received strength from cheering family and friends.
The influence of parents shouting for their sons and daughters at soccer, baseball, and basketball games cannot be measured, but its evidence is apparent.
In my marathon running days, I loved to hear the shouts of encouragement when I didn’t know if I could muster the strength finish the race. Their signs read, “Meet you at the finish line” and “You can do it.” They helped me raise my sights upward from my flagging energy stores to my eventual triumphal crossing of the finish line.
Some people encourage us to victory. Others send us messages of doubt. The pessimists seem to want us to stay in the status quo as if in our success we would leave them behind.
What influence do you have on your family and friends? Do you encourage their growth and development? Do they gain confidence in your presence?
You probably do not realize the power of your influence in helping elevate those around you. You have the power to energize them in their life quests. You can help boost their confidence. You can help them raise their sights to higher living.
As you cheer them on, you can help them press past fatigue and discouragement. Your words of “You can do it” give them energy for their journeys to improvement.
Focus your conversations toward positive reinforcement. If a friend or family member needs some redirecting, do it in an encouraging and confidence-building way. Let them know of your faith in them.
You can become “the sixth man” to your friends striving toward personal triumphs. You can boost their performance enough to help them achieve the victories they seek.
You can provide the home-field advantage.
I strive to be your “sixth man.” Go get ‘em!
Leadership is influence. John C. Maxwell
A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better. Jim Rohn
Respect the man, and he will do the more. James Howell
Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence. Michael O'Brien
Caring comes from being able to put yourself in the position of the other person. If you cannot imagine, 'This might happen to me,' you are able to say to yourself with indifference, 'Who cares?' Eleanor Roosevelt
How to Be Like Women of Influence : Life Lessons from 20 of the Greatest
by Pat and Ruth Williams
What do Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Day O'Connor, Margaret Thatcher, Marie Curie and Sojourner Truth have in common? Not only are they some of the world's most influential women, their life lessons are now revealed in the latest book by Pat Williams.
Williams blends the personal accounts of each influential woman with the contemporary and historical insights of others, what emerges is an intimate portrait of each great person-her motivations, her aspirations, her personal challenges and the qualities that made her so successful at her calling. An added bonus is life lessons at the end of each chapter, which provide remarkable motivation for women who are blazing a new career trail, building a strong family or struggling to "have it all".
This exceptional book highlights a diverse group of women, from activists, businesswomen and humanitarians to athletes, explorers and scientists-it will appeal to any reader regardless of age, occupation or creative pursuits.
Profiles of women of influence include: Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Mary Kay Ash, Helen Keller, Anne Frank, Amelia Earhart and others. This is not a history book-it is a perfect blueprint for creating a successful life.
Go get 'em.
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