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After a lifetime of only skating forward, it was time to learn to skate backward and to stop (without falling down or holding onto a wall).  So, when the kids went back to school, I started skating school!  I went in nervous, excited, jittery, fussing about my equipment, looking forward to it, wondering if I'd look silly--just about every emotion took its turn.  And, to be honest, I thought this edition of Your Email Coach would be about growth, new challenges, etc. 

That was until I met my teacher, Patty.  She is the exemplar of breaking down a complex action into simple parts, teaching to multiple learning styles, and, above all, building confidence by offering encouragement for small successes.  That brings up today's question for you:

    "What can you do to encourage someone else?"

It doesn't really matter what the setting is, or who the person is. Think of a child, a co-worker, a partner, or a friend.  People flourish when they are encouraged, and perform up to expectations.  By expressing your confidence in someone else, you bolster their confidence in themselves.  By the end of 30 minutes with Patty, I was sure I was in the right place, taking on an activity that would bring a lot of long term enjoyment.

Here's another thing--there is a benefit for you from encouraging others.  When you focus on others' strengths and offer them encouragement, you train yourself to be positive in your perspective.  You learn to focus on strengths and build up yourself and others.  You become a better leader, friend, partner, and family member, and acquire the skills to be kinder and more supportive of yourself, too.

Liz Reyer, President RCC - Posted September 5, 2007
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