"Encouraging the heart" is motivating others by helping them find their voice and showing them that they are capable of anything. As leaders, we must encourage others to be and do their very best. We must help them see the best in themselves. Once they see the best in themselves and believe in themselves, they can do anything and lead a group of leaders that could change the world.
Here are some ways to "encourage the heart".
1. Always see the best in everybody: Never look down at anyone. We are not perfect. Sometimes we just need that one person who believes in us, who sees the best in us that we do not. You can be that person that encourage and motivate them to be the best they can be. You can help them gain confidence in themselves.
2. Praise: Praise people for doing a good job, but do not over do it and do not be vague. By praising others for their hard work and actions, they are gaining confidence in their abilities one step at a time.
3. Be there for them: Having someone who is there for them is important. By being there for someone, you are creating rapport in which a person can trust you and depend on you whenever they need someone for guidance.
As a freshman in college, I started to doubt myself and my path of major--Mechanical Engineering. I would compare my scores with other students and my friends would make comments that belittle me such as, "Tina, you studied more than I did, yet I got a higher score and all I did was sleep." My confidence in myself started to go down and I didn't want to try harder because I didn't believe I can do better. Yet, one of my friends saw something I didn't see. One day he asked me how I was doing in math. I told him not too good and that I have a math test coming up soon. He replied by saying that I am lying and that I am getting an A. I told him no. He replied back saying A+++ and wished me luck on my test saying I would do fine. He believed in me and that made me believe in myself. He believed that I can assembly a robot even though I didn't believe I could because I didn't have much experience. He made me feel as if I can do anything by making comments and praising me in which motivated me to do my best. It was those small actions that helped me to gain my confidence to do the best I can. Eventually, I did better and he was always there supporting and believing in me.
His actions made me want to help others see the best in themselves. Because of our competitive and advancing society, we lose confidence in ourselves as we compare our failures to the successes of others. We must not give up and always see the best in ourselves and the best in others.
Because of our competitive and advancing society, we lose confidence in ourselves as we compare our failures to the successes of others. We must not compare ourselves and we must not give up. Most importantly, we must always see the best in ourselves and the best in others.
By encouraging the heart of one person, you can encourage the hearts of others.
--Tina Li, Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders' Intern
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