Monday, August 8, 2011

Be a support system and have one in return - importance of encouragement.

“Ev'ry truly cultured music student knows
 you must learn your scales
 and your arpeggios. 
Bring the music ringing from your chest
 and not your nose
 while you sing your scales
 and your arpeggios. If you're faithful
 to your daily practicing, 
you will find your progress is encouraging.”

This week at LUL, one participant uttered this line from a song called “Scales and Arpeggios” from the Disney movie AristoCats. She shared that this was the first thing she thought of when Mark asked us to discuss the word encouraging, elaborating that indeed if you do keep motivated and dedicated to something, you will see results and you will find it encouraging to continue on.

Slow and steady always wins the race. As long as you keep at it, you’ll realize that you’re working hard and find yourself encouraged to persist.

And giving words of encouragement to someone is also incredibly beneficial to that person’s esteem. If a person knows someone is there cheering them on for success, the more likely it will be for the person to be more confident and efficient in their efforts.

This is true for one participant who is currently going to school for accounting. She would speak about a particular class with uncertainty and always sounded unsure if she could do well in it. But because she was in an environment where people genuinely wanted her to do well, and because she really wanted to do well for herself, she ended up getting an A. With pats on the back and cheers from her peers helping her esteem, this woman did outstanding in the class.

Encouragement has a powerful effect on human beings. In fact, it is pretty much vital to a person’s success. If you take a look at people who are sad, miserable and depressed, it is likely you will find no support group in that person’s life. You need to have people around you who believe in you. If you have loved ones, make sure you give them the encouragement they need. If you need a push forward, make sure you surround yourself with a positive support group and people who care about you.

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