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
9 thoughts on “Encourage Yourself!”
i love reading your blogs!!!! You are very insightful.
You are right on, my darling DNeesers!!! LOVE you, God BLESS you…You are an amazing lady loved by Moi!!! 🙂
Very good and very true. Love you! : )
Happy to follow your blogging! Funny how time flies – last time I saw you, you were a young child! Still have photos on my computer from old slides that I downloaded a few years back, of our visits with your folks back then. You were in those pics. Will have to send them to your Mom and Dad so you can see them too. Your Mom and Dad and Channon and I have been friends since long before we married! I think we were about 21 yrs old then, when I flew to Prince George, (birthday gift from my parents) to see Channon. We were invited to their house and I was treated royally, I must say! Great folks!
You and I are so much alike… more than I ever knew. I can so relate to this and have had people tell me I have to start cheering for myself. Thanks Denise! 🙂
My friend told me to write a list of 20 things I am good at. and post it where I see it every day. and then read it to myself. I know it sounds self centered but… when the crowd is booing in your head it helps muffle it. I write a prayer journal that I write each day things that I am thankful for and also keep a list of God’s blessings and or answered prayers in my bible. bla bla bla bla bla….
Good idea Jeneen! We need to excercise that encouragement muscle until it becomes “natural” 🙂
Denise, thanks for the uplifting encouragement! You were “spot on” — as always! So glad you are sharing your amazing writing!