Monday, June 18, 2007

The Impact of an Encourager

"When I look for basketball players, I look for impact players-somebody that will make an impact in our program. I want to challenge each of you to be an impact person in your life," Bethel College basketball coach Mike Lightfoot said to a gym full of athletes at the 2007 Sports Fest in Mishawaka, IN.

What kind of person is that?

Impact is defined as "the power of making a strong, immediate impression; to have an effect or impact." Add encourage to the mix, which means "to inspire with hope, courage, or confidence; to give support to; to stimulate" and you have a powerful person that any coach or boss would want on their team.

An encourager that impacts is a person that makes others look good around them, gives 100% effort, never gives up when the going gets tough, learns from failures, keeps going, supports team effort, knows when to be quiet, lets someone else get the glory, thinks of others first and has developed a hundred other positive traits. It is challenging, but the impact will make a difference forever.

The world needs people that know how to impact/encourage others to do their best and thus leave a lasting legacy that outlives themselves. Something that only they are remembered for.

"Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize." Elizabeth Harrison

"If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond our wildest dreams."
Sidney Madwed

For more on how to impact and encourage others see How to encourage

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