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Where Seldom Is Heard a Discouraging Word

by David DeFord

Everyone needs encouragement. Think of parents encouraging the young baby to take her first steps, or their middle school student to learn a difficult algebra concept. Think also of the adult suffering through a tough period at their employment.

The greatest help we can give to people in challenge is to help them see that they can triumph. They usually don’t need instruction, but encouragement.

If we offer added pressure, or doubt their abilities, we discourage them—sometimes to the point of their giving up.

Our encouraging words lift others.
People love to be in the company of encouraging people. Positive energy attracts others. When we show confidence in someone they feel more confident, and are more willing to make needed changes.

Discouraging words weaken.
Tough times can be made more difficult by discouraging words.

Very few can succeed in the absence of encouragement. Walt Disney sought to realize his dream of a theme amusement park. In seeking venture capital, he was turned away several hundred times. He continually heard how his idea wouldn’t sell. Most of us would have given up—but he kept reaching for the stars until he received the needed funding.

Most people need the encouragement of others when opposition strikes.

Say your friend wants to make a significant change in his life: lose weight; start a business; or train to run a marathon. You can have an impact on their potential success. Compare these responses you may give:
• You don’t need to lose weight. Besides you may be able to lose it, but you won’t maintain the loss. Do you want some of my KFC?
• Excellent. What is your weight loss plan? Did you know that Peggy used that approach and had great success?
• Don’t you know the failure rate of new business? Don’t quit your day job.
• That’s a good business concept. How can I help?
• Marathon running will kill your knees. I would never try that.
• Have you always wanted to run a marathon? Have you read Galloway’s Book of Running? It has some great training plans.

I challenge you to speak encouragingly. By doing so, you’ll help those around you overcome their challenges and reach their dreams. You will also attract people to you. They will like how they feel about themselves when they are with you.

Related Quotes

"Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming." Johan von Goethe

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” Sally Koch

"I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced that they are about to change the world, I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another." Ellen Goodman

"Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?" Frank Scully

"Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can." Henry Drummond

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