As I was at the library recently, I found a book which I started thumbing through which had several inspirational messages about encouragement and teamwork. Encouragement really is about having an optimistic outlook and perspective, whether it is for ourselves or others. Encouragement always focuses on the positive with the intent to breathe energy and bring hope to a situation. Here are three takeaways from the book, The Power of a Positive Team by Jon Gordon:
Cheer each other on. When you encourage each other, you make one another stronger and you make the team stronger.
Reframe your thoughts as you ‘get to’ rather than you ‘have to’. Whatever you think might be tedious, or a drudgery, can be endured easier when you change your thought process that you ‘get to’ do it and see it as an opportunity rather than an obligation. There are probably others who exist who do not get the chance to do whatever you might ‘have to do’.
Failures are just part of the road. Look past failures to what you are becoming. Challenges are opportunities for growth. Sometimes it may take failing many times before reaching a goal. The story isn’t finished yet.
Find books on encouragement that work! Search for these online…
Encouragement: The Unexpected Power of Building Others Up
by Perfect Phrases for Building Strong Teams: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases for Fostering Collaboration, Encouraging Communication, and Growing a Winning Team (Perfect Phrases Series)
by Linda Eve Diamond
Taking God to Work: The Keys to Ultimate Success
by David L Winters and Steve Reynolds
What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days: 52 Encouraging Truths to Hold On Top
by Holley Gerth