Do you remember the last time you were encouraged? Or at least, one word of encouragement which had a profound affect on your life? Most of us, if we trace things back, will probably find somewhere there was one word spoken over you which changed the course of your life.
For me, it was when my Dad was writing a Scout newsletter, to several hundred people. I was 12 years old at the time, barely into secondary school.
My Dad asked me to check the spelling and grammar of his newsletter.
This was quite an act of humility. Dad admitting writing wasn’t his principal gift, but more than this, demonstrating to me he had confidence in my writing ability.
And each month, when he wrote the newsletter, he asked my help.
Is it any wonder I fell in love with writing? And is it really coincidence it’s when I write I feel the most confident?
Of course not.
And there are moments like this for many of us. When somebody asked us to help them with something. Or told us how great our work was in one particular area. Or gave us an opportunity to do use a talent or gift.
But many of us struggle to remember when we were last encouraged. It’s not a habit many people cultivate.
There is a growing lack of encouragement in the world. And this cannot go on.
Today, I launch a manifesto for this change.
A call to action for us to become people of encouragement. To show how in 5 small steps, we can change the world.
Because one word of encouragement can be like a stone thrown in still water. It creates ripples, which have a positive impact on the lives of others. A domino affect which can genuienly change the world.
If all of us encourage one another, the world will be a brighter place. And more of us will become the people we were created to be.
In ‘5 Steps to Encouragement: A Manifesto for Changing the World” I outline how this process can happen in (more…)