“Treat a man as he is, he will remain so. Treat a man the way he can be and ought to be, and he will become as he can be and should be.” ~ Goethe
What happens when you believe in someone more than they believe in themselves?
With the XXI Olympic Winter Games upon us in less than a month, it is a time to celebrate the dedication of all athletes who train day in and day out for one shot at the coveted Olympic medal. Some have been training since they were 5 years old. Others maybe only a few years. Whatever the case may be, they have dedicated their lives to excelling in their particular sport to the point where they now have the opportunity to be crowned the best in the world in front of millions of viewers around the globe. Their sacrifices to get here will never truly be known to anyone who has not taken the journey with them, and you will never know how many times that athlete almost gave up on their dream before this point. Through the practice and the pain, the trial and error, the joy and the tears, who stands behind these athletes? Who are those people in the stands that no television camera will ever pan to? Those people could be the reason the athlete is there at the games. Perhaps even the reason that athlete brings home a gold medal to their country. Those people are the ones who put their belief in another and said “you can do this.”
So I ask you again, what happens when you believe in someone more than they believe in themselves?
Answer: The possibilities are endless.
When someone shares their dreams with you, what do you say? Are you there to encourage and motivate? If not, step back and ask yourself “Who am I to say what they can or can’t achieve?” To encourage is to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence. To motivate is to move to action or impel. As in the case above with the Olympic athlete, we can be sure that all of those people were not born with a natural talent or obvious gift. We can be sure that somewhere along the way that athlete expressed their dream of competing in the Olympic Games, and even though maybe many people discouraged them from pursuing this dream, there was at least one person who gave them the belief that they could.
“You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” ~ Jim Stovall
Sometimes we become so wrapped up in what we are doing and the acknowledgments we should be receiving, we forget to acknowledge the excellent things others are doing. We forget to recognize the moments that if we took one minute to encourage another person, it could inspire that person to go on to do wonderful things. You could inspire an athlete, a musician, a scientist, a poet, a mother, a daughter, a teacher. By believing in others, you could inspire positive change. You could inspire a life-changing moment.
“There comes that mysterious meeting in life when someone acknowledges who we are and what we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential.” ~ Rusty Berkus
How do you show your belief in others? Please provide your comments below. Thank you for visiting.