Smiling assassin – the power of encouragement

John M. Maxwell once said that ‘the power of encouragement is the oxygen of the soul’.

We often do not realize just how powerful encouragement can be to another person. It is much easier to shake your head and proclaim that something cannot be done and then try to convince the other person that you are doing them a favor by preventing failure in the making.

This morning, as I was on my last breath whilst exercising, the personal trainer just kept smiling at me and saying: ‘You can do it! I know there is more strength in you! Just a few more and we are done!’ And guess what? As it turned out, I could do more and push myself further than even I thought was possible.  The best thing about it was her smiling whilst totally destroying any strength left in my muscles for my own good. As a result, when our session ended I jokingly called her the smiling assassin.

Thinking back to that training session, why is it that we are often incapable of giving others positive feedback and energy and edging them on to achieve bigger and better things? We need to take a cue from the professionals like personal trainers in this department. Next time someone around you is having a hard time dealing with a particular issue or a project in their life, do not tell them why they cannot achieve the desired outcome, but think of one reason why they can. This is your opportunity to make a difference. Encourage others and never forget to smile!


About Jane Garber-Rosenzweig

I am a mother, a senior franchising and commercial lawyer, a writer and a social media enthusiast. I live a very busy lifestyle but believe that you need to take time to ‘stop and smell the roses’. I also believe in taking educated risks and celebrating all achievements in life, regardless of how big or small they are. I am a lateral thinker and an optimist. My goal in life is to ensure the saying “we make our own destiny” becomes a reality.
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3 Responses to Smiling assassin – the power of encouragement

  1. Great blog . . . it takes real stamina to “smash it” with your personal trainer!

  2. Our grandma has been doing this for years-
    No really…. Think about it….
    “I’m sooooo full I can have any more food”!
    Grandma- “oh yes you can (big smile) just tree more… And try this mayo salad… You hardly ate anything and I cooked all day!” LOL and you eat 3 more standard food servings for an average milatery man… 😉
    The original- Smiling assassin….? I think soooo!

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