Life is all about relationships. If you want to develop deep, meaningful relationships, work on building up others. You know exactly how good you feel when you're around individuals that encourage you and build you up. You also know how you feel when you're around individuals that tear people down.
We are living in a self-absorbed, self-serving, and self-obsessed modern day busy-busy society filled with negativity and consistent hate. To truly differentiate yourself from all the noise in this world, be relationship-oriented and start to focus on building others up.
A great way to encourage others is with praise. There is great power in recognizing what others have accomplished; it not only builds up the other person, but it strengthens your relationship. We're not talking about shallow flattery and sucking-up - we're talking about noticing and recognizing positive attributes and action in others.
Here are a few ways to encourage:
- Esteem others higher than yourself
- Focus on being humble
- Be encouraging in your speech and actions
- Look for growth and positive attributes in others
- Don't gossip
- Share knowledge and wisdom
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed - Proverbs 11:25