Some people literally change the world for good - people like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Edison. Although it's an ambitious goal to change the world, we often underestimate our singular power to positively change the world of those around us.

Each of us has the power to change someone's world with the gift of encouragement.  We don't even have to do anything! We only have to say three simple words. Try one of these three-word, power-packed statements to change a team member's world:

•      I appreciate you.

•      You are talented.

•      I trust you.

•      I promise you. (Then keep it!)

•      Take a chance.

•      You will succeed.

•      I am sorry.

•      I can help.

•      I understand you.

•      I believe you.

•      You will succeed.

•      You inspire me.

Whether it's  a  long  conversation  with  an  employee, colleague, boss, friend, or relative, or simply placing an order at a restaurant, every word makes a difference. The results of our interactions are rarely neutral; they are almost always positive or negative.

Ask yourself: "Do my words reflect my passion to encourage others, create win- wins, continuously learn, embrace change, and support my team's success?"

Positive, encouraging words are the seeds of commitment. Once they are spoken, they grow into results. Whether those results become apparent sooner or later when we speak words of encouragement we can expect victory. Plant the seeds of success in someone's mind and heart today. You'll start a positive ripple effect that will be felt by many people and many miles away, not to mention the positive effect you will feel inside.

Published on: Jan 22, 2020
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