Encourage Yourself by Encouraging Others

by Al Smith

guest blog post by Ameena Falchetto

 

Encourage Yourself by Encouraging Others

 

We all need encouragement. Some more than others. Whether it’s encouragement to achieve a goal, or to stay on track, we all need it at times.

Sources of Encouragement.

We all have different ways to encourage ourselves. Some find motivational quotes or posters keep them going. Or it’s that photo of you at 21 on the beach on the door of the fridge to keep you away from the tasty treats. Or maybe it’s a close friend or family member who you can turn to. Perhaps it’s your coach, your mentor, who helps you keep on track.

No source is better than the other. It depends on what keeps you encouraged.

Encourage others.

Being kind to others and help keep them encouraged can, in turn, keep you going. Selfless acts of kindness can go a long way and guess what? They can make you learn new things about yourself too.

Social Media is a great way to connect with like minded people. You can find a wealth of support from the most unlikely sources. Embrace it and don’t forget to give back.

Believe in yourself.

Your greatness will inspire and encourage others. Go out there and do it!

Don’t be afraid to dream, listen, and try. Encourage others to the same. You’ll be great!

 

How do you encourage others? What encourages you?

  

Ameena Falchetto is a creative Marketing Consultant who works with solopreneurs and small business owners. She’s a mother, a wife, a serial entrepreneur, and an eternal expat, born to English and Egyptian parents in Dubai, a citizen of the world now living in France.

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Claudia November 14, 2011 at 8:18 am

Hi Ameena! Encouragement in life is SO important and it is definitely one of those wonderful “pay it forward” type of activities. You are right about there being so many different resources for encouragement. Sometimes a reassuring smile from someone important to you is all that it takes to feel more encouraged and sometimes it takes a few tears shed and some compassionate listening before you feel the encouragement that you seek. When we seek encouragement from the “wrong” places (sort of like lookin’ for love in all the wrong places ;-) ) we will often be able to sense that the “encouragement” is not authentic…not sincere. Trial and error often aids in our understanding of where true encouragement can be found.
Thank you for a wonderful post Ameena! I always love reading your insight. And AL???? You did it AGAIN!!!! AWESOME!!
Claudia
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Ameena Falchetto November 15, 2011 at 4:42 am

Thanks so much Claudia! *Blush* Glad you enjoyed it.
Yes, I am a big believer in paying it forward and giving back.
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Bill Dorman November 14, 2011 at 8:32 am

I find by being more outward thinking and looking for ways to reach out to others it affirms my efforts and this is all the encouragement I need. The more I can willingly give with no expectations in return I always seem to be repaid many times over.

It’s not easy and I’m certainly not perfect and can be selfish at times; but I am conscious about it and it is something I work on. Even though it really is all about me, it really isn’t all about me if that makes any sense.

Great post Ameena and good to see you at Al’s place today.
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Ameena Falchetto November 15, 2011 at 4:43 am

Thanks Bill – yes, we can all be selfish at times but that’s human nature. Just being aware of it gives you the opportunity to pay it forward, say something nice, encouraging, and sincere to someone …
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Kaarina Dillabough November 14, 2011 at 9:43 am

My favourite lines: “Be yourself. Your greatness will inspire and encourage others. [and my favourite part...] Go out there and do it!”

If only more people would realize theat they can make a significant difference in someone’s day by simply providing a few words of encouragement. A pat on the back. A smile. A “you can do it” prompt.

I encourage people every day by recognizing that they are candles to be lit, not vessels to be filled. My “job” in life…my life’s Mission is a simple 3-word Mission: To Spread Joy. As long as I’m doing that each and every day, I’m living my dream and my mission, and encouraging and inspiring those around me to live theirs.

I’m encouraged by my Mission, and by the smiles, support, friendship and love of those around me who, in their own way, express CARE and gratitude. And I’m encouraged when I see someone who was “down in the dumps”, stand a little straighter, smile a little brighter just because someone encouraged them. Cheers! Kaarina
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Ameena Falchetto November 15, 2011 at 4:44 am

Thanks Kaarina! It’s great that you have such a wonderful support network … you have a pretty awesome one online too! :)
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Harleena Singh November 14, 2011 at 10:17 am

Wonderful post Ameena!

I loved the topic when I first read it, about encouraging yourself by encouraging others. You are thinking about others, and being kind to them, and in this way you also help yourself. You are doing self a favor, and feel much happier within.

By being kind and loving to people, and sharing things with like minded people is how I encourage myself and I find that a great way of connecting to my inner-self.

Thanks for sharing :)
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Ameena Falchetto November 15, 2011 at 4:45 am

Thanks for sharing Harleena,

Glad you liked the post. Thinking about others does make you feel better about yourself. It gives you meaning and purpose, well it does for me :)
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Lori Gosselin November 14, 2011 at 10:43 am

Hi Ameena, Hi Al, Hi the rest of you Earlybirds! LOL Seems we’re always among the first to the parties!
Great concept Ameena! By giving it away, you get it back. It’s like with teaching – we learn so well that which we teach!
How do I encourage others and what encourages me. I find most of that here in the blogosphere these days ;-) No surprise there!And here is where I try to give it. I want people to feel better, optimistic, uplifted after visiting my site. That’s a big part of the goal.
:-)
Lori
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Ameena Falchetto November 15, 2011 at 4:46 am

Thanks Lori, :)

Yes, we can learn a LOT through teaching! Great example!
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Barbara Klein November 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Ameena, wonderful post – thank you so much! And cheers to Al, you are great!

“Don’t be afraid to dream, listen, and try. Encourage others to the same. You’ll be great!” I dreamt, I listened and I tried – and it works. I found encouragement here in the blogosphere, I listened and connected, and I carry that attitude out in the real world, no strings attached, and it pays back tenfold.
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Ameena Falchetto November 15, 2011 at 4:47 am

:) Thanks Barbara! You are so right that the blogosphere can be incredible when looking for support or those to support – carrying it in to real life is a challenge but not impossible! Thanks for sharing!
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Al Smith November 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Thank you so much Ameena. I love this post and the topic. It is one of the CARE words. E for Encourage. Everybody needs some encouragement. You share some great ideas and suggestions. When we inspire and encourage others, it definitely works on ourselves. It is all about giving, sharing and caring.

I try to encourage others by reinforcing the positive. Influence. Positive. Change. By sharing the CARE message and principles. And I am encouraged by the continuous support I receive from on line friends, followers and people who really do care. Even when you find your passion and purpose, it is really nice to get support and encouragement from others. It means a lot and just feels good.

Thanks again Ameena. Great Topic. Great Post.

Al

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Ameena Falchetto November 15, 2011 at 4:48 am

Thanks Al! I know you rock! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be part of this series :)
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Al Smith November 15, 2011 at 9:32 am

And thank you again for talking about one of the main CARE principles and words. The E stands for Encourage. It is so lacking today. Especially in the workplace. It is so easy to do. Just a pat on the back, a “You can do it”. Just like anything else, it takes Practice. And more Practice. Try it. Today.

Thanks again Ameena. U really Rocked this ! Ha. Luv ya.

Al

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Erin Feldman November 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I try to encourage people with my words and drawings. Sometimes, all I do is listen. It’s all I can do. I don’t have the words, and, many times, if I do have words, they aren’t appropriate for the time.
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Ameena Falchetto November 15, 2011 at 4:50 am

Interesting Erin, that’s a good point. I am a brutally honest person making me a terrible liar. I’ll go mute before saying something without sincerity.

Thanks for sharing!
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Al Smith November 15, 2011 at 9:28 am

Great point Erin. Appreciate you stopping by and your support. Take CARE.

Al

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Nancy Davis November 14, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Sometimes the best encouragement I can offer is to be there. Some people relate really strongly to my blog, and can find encouragement there which to me is the greatest gift I have ever got in this life. :)

I encourage my son to develop his passion for baseball everyday. We discuss baseball, and he watches replays of games and we discuss the players. I tell him there is nothing that he cannot do. If I give him nothing else, I want him to be encouraged that he can be a pro-athlete or General Manager of a baseball team when he grows up.

Nicely done my friend! Glad I stopped by. :)
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Ameena Falchetto November 15, 2011 at 4:52 am

Thanks Nancy,

I know what you mean – sometimes I’ve tackled some difficult topics on my blog and the way it touched people was incredible; the messages flooded my inbox from people thanking me for talking about subjects that are considered to be taboo and unspoken. Admittedly it make me feel like crap initially but I stopped wallowing in MY feelings and celebrated how I was able to touch so many …

Thanks for sharing :)
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