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Monday Morning Wake-Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead


The word of the week is Encouragement. Encouragement is a powerful emotion. It lifts people up and inspires hope for better things to come. It’s the spark that keeps us moving forward on our journey, and it’s a guiding force in the development of young lives. Encouragement puts a smile on your face; it molds you into what you will become. It makes you feel good in the moment but, more important, creates feelings and emotions that we remember for the rest of our lives.

Which teacher or coach made an impact on your life through words of encouragement? Do you remember what he/she taught you, or do you remember how he/she made you feel? In May 2000, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, newspaper printed a profile of a local teacher under the title “Educator of the Week.” The teacher was quoted as saying: “This saying has been the guiding force in my classroom teaching, ‘Children may not remember what you’ve taught them, but they’ll remember how you made them feel.’”

There are so many people in our lives who have given us encouragement – family members, employers, co-workers and even our children. Encouragement is, in my opinion, the most precious footprint that you can leave on the hearts of others. Let’s make some footprints this week!

Weekly Activity

Each day, look for various ways that you can encourage the people in your life and the people whom you meet. It’s such a simple act. Something we can all do but, sometimes in the crazy race called life, we get busy and forget to slow down and encourage others.

Words of Wisdom

“A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential.” – John C. Maxwell

“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.” – Yehuda Berg

“Every once in a while you get encouragement, or you get something that isn’t competitive or guilt-inducing from your peers, and it just turns a little light on. It makes it so the work that you do isn’t isolating and horrible. There are people who make your life and your work better, and that’s something I’m incredibly grateful for.” – Julie Klausner

“When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you’re making a commitment and difference in that person’s life. Encouragement really does make a difference.” – Zig Ziglar

“There are high spots in all of our lives, and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don’t care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause.” – George Matthew Adams

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