Wellness Tip: (Emotional/Spiritual) Encouragement Vs. Empowerment
Webster defines encouragement as inspiring with courage, spirit, and hope. I am an advocate of being an encourager. We all have down days and difficult days in life and it always helps to have someone to come alongside and give us some encouragement. Even more so than encouragement, I am even bigger advocate of empowerment. These two words remind me of the saying “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.”
Webster defines empowerment as promoting self-actualization or influence. Empowerment has long lasting effects. Encouragement helps in the moment, empowerment helps to transform another individuals life for the better. Consider the following things that I believe empowerment brings:
1) Accountability – Help others keep their commitments
2) Affirmation – Speak words of support and encouragement
3) Assessment – Evaluate others progress & offer an objective perspective
4) Advice – Offer words of wise counsel and direction
5) Admonishment – Lend words of caution, rebuke, or correction
6) Assets – Give tangible resources to help others reach their goals
7) Acceptance – Provide unconditional love, regardless of the recipients identity
8) Application – Help others to find places to apply & practice what they learn.
Let’s all focus on empowering others that we come in contact with on a day to day bases. Empowering is so much more effective than tearing others down. Think over your life thus far. Who in your life has empowered you? How have they done it? Who can you empower to impact your world? I would love to hear about it! Post your comments below. Cheers!