I consider myself a fairly encouraging person. I can see the good in others and like to let them know. I can also see what someone might be struggling with and I like to be able to speak to their potential and remind them that even though they may not be there (wherever “there” may be) that they will get there! I enjoy being a cheerleader, however, I’ve discovered I’m not so good at waving the pom poms in my own direction. Do any of you suffer from this same oddity? You “rah, rah, rah!” for others in your life and then “boo” the home team?
There are times when my mind tends to only focus on what I don’t have, what I haven’t accomplished, what I should’ve done. I’m beginning to understand that this kind of discouraging self talk is not a strategy that has served me well. I am also starting to realize that some of what I tell myself is just a plain lie and the real heavy revy is that I may just need to start extending myself a bit of grace!
Now I have had years of practice booing the home team (i.e. myself), so I may not get this all down right outta the gate…that’s when my encouragement muscle needs to be put to use in my own direction to speak some TRUTH. So let me encourage you, while I encourage myself, you may not be where you want to be, but you can start heading in that direction. You may have dreams unfulfilled or goals unmet, but tomorrow is a new day, Go for it!
I know that we all need encouragement from one another because each of our journeys have struggles and we need people to walk along side us and spur us on, but there also comes a time when we must learn to root for ourselves…Go Me & Go You!!
“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.” – Anne Frank