Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” In their daily lives, one of the beautiful gifts that great leaders give to those they touch and serve is the magical gift of affirmation for who they are, what they do and the value they bring to those around them.
In a recent Minute with Maxwell blog post, John Maxwell speaks of affirmation, “People do best in an encouraging, affirming environment…. Encouragement, affirmation is the oxygen of the soul.” It gives the receivers of the gift a greater belief in themselves, a validation of their value and recognition that they are having an impact. This positivity is an encouragement, a reassurance of their gifts and abilities, an inspiration to do even better.
Maxwell shares his Affirmation Principle. He says that “When I find something that you are doing well, I use that to lead you.” His principle adds action to the affirmation creating a moment for interaction and growth when he says to the person, “I like what you did, let’s talk about it. Let’s talk about it and next time, you can do it better.” People grow and do better and everyone’s world changes for the better.
Claude Bristol writes: “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief, and once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” Look for those moments in the lives of those whom you touch and serve. May your words of encouragement open their minds, hearts and souls in realizing their great potential. The seeds that you sow will grow, and the winds will take the seeds of that harvest to places unknown. Your encouragement has no limits. Give it profusely that others may flourish!
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!