There is no greater gift we can give someone than to believe in them. As humans we grow and flourish when someone believes in us. We can do remarkable things when someone believes we can. Simply letting someone know you believe they can often makes it possible for them to do what they don’t believe they can do themselves.
I remember the first time someone told me they believed in me. I was 36 years old and was starting my coaching practice. On a particularly challenging coaching session, I was filled with self-doubt. I had lost several clients and was feeling unsure. My coach said, “I believe in you.” Just four little words, but they were the most powerful I had ever heard. I figured if she believed in me, then I could too. I went on to create a successful business and I have never forgotten that pivotal moment when someone believed in me.
I often tell my clients that I believe they can accomplish something even when they can’t. I even have clients who ask me, “Will you just believe this can happen?” The power of someone believing things are possible is amazing. It is what moves people to greatness. I recently received a card from a client thanking me for helping her through a challenge. One of the lines from the note was, “You believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself.” Belief can change the course of a life and assist people in living into their greatness.
We have the opportunity everyday to give the gift of belief. Children especially respond to the gift of belief; but children are not the only ones who can do amazing things when someone believes in them. Loved ones, friends, co-workers and associates can benefit from the gift of believing in them. People flourish when they have support, and belief in them is the most powerful support we can give them.
Although we might think others know we believe in them, you still need to tell them. People need to hear those four little words. They are powerful and can mean a lot to someone who doubts themselves and their abilities. So don’t be hold back. Let the people in your life know you believe in them. It will make a world of difference.
This week tell someone you know that you believe in them.
“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.” Henry David Thoreau
“A person’s probability of success is directly proportional to the belief and execution of their abilities.” Kent Calhoun