When it comes to becoming successful and achieving our big goals, it is important that we believe in ourselves. But it’s also important that we help others believes in themselves, too. Helping others believe in and achieve their goal can accelerate the manifesting of our own.
As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Believe you can, and you are halfway there.” Sometimes that belief comes from a supportive circle of friends. That is not to say that we don’t have the ability do it ourselves, but the more support we have, the easier it is for things to fall into place.
The belief we have in ourselves allows us to take action. And sometimes, our belief in someone else also prompts them into action. To rely on that support when we need it, we must be willing to provide that support to someone else.
Here are five ways to help others believe in themselves:
1. Encourage them to believe.
Simple words of encouragement are among the easiest and most efficient things that we can do to help other people believe in themselves. Consider times when we’ve been in pursuit of a goal, or maybe just going through the motions of your day. How do you feel when someone pays you a sudden compliment or recognizes an attempt that you have been making?
Hearing something positive and encouraging lifts our spirits, motivates us and raises our self-esteem. Getting this kind of positive feedback doesn’t just make us feel good and capable instantly, it also serves as the necessary motivation to keep us pushing forward.
“You’ve got this. – I know you do.” Simple and effective. Honest encouragement will go a long way in helping someone believe in themselves.
2. Acknowledge the good.
When trying to encourage someone, find them doing good and right things and tell them. When you take the time to notice their good deeds, it helps them realize they are on the right path. This will build their confidence, making them more effective and productive.
Write a note. Send a card. Call them. Praise them in front of other people. When people good about what they’re doing, it has a positive effect on everything they do. And it’s not just at work, it can impact their home life, their workout life, and even their creative life.
Kindness breeds kindness, so more than likely, they will start acknowledging the good deeds of others. It means that acknowledging the good of someone can spread to others – all from a simple note or phone call.
3. Challenge them.
The term challenge has a few negative connotations. In terms of helping others believe in themselves, we are challenging them to be the best they can be. It might be hard at first, but it is hard to do great things if we aren’t operating at our best.
Start by reminding them of their desire to bring their very best and give a challenge. “I challenge you to ignore the naysayers and keep going with the real work at hand, do the job, make the commitment, etc.”
4. Listen to them.
When we listen to people around us, we tell them they matter and that their ideas are worth hearing. Also, we’ll begin to understand what they cherish, what exactly their goals are, and we will know how to motivate better and inspire them.
Listening is the important thing. We shouldn’t ask so many questions that we begin to overwhelm them. It makes us seem less accessible and less helpful. Unless they specifically want you to help them see both sides of the coin, listening is a powerful tool to show your belief in what they are doing.
5. Believe in their good decision-making.
Decision-making is one thing that happens throughout our day. We make all sorts of decisions, important ones and superficial ones, urgent ones and long-term ones.
Making so many decisions can lead to decision fatigue. When we reach this state, it is hard to know if we are making the right decisions or just making them to make them. Sometimes just being told we are doing good work can make all the difference.
When we focus on helping other people, our potential shows. Make an intention each morning to show kindness and help someone become better. This not only helps the other person, but it helps your personal development as well.
Make it the real heart’s desire to help other people, and you’ll be successful in business and life. To give of ourselves is a good thing. We cannot put a price on making a positive impact on somebody. There’s no time like the present to focus our time and efforts on helping others.