Lift Others Up

You can & you will I saw this saying on an app today and it really hit home for me.  It was on a fitness app and I can definitely see the connection to fitness.  Some people who are in uber-good shape may see others who are not in tip-top shape and think or say…you can’t do it!!  Coaches may even use it as some reverse psychology.  Many people hear you can’t or you won’t and say to themselves…game on..I’m gonna do this!!!  Or as the saying states…people use those words because they are scared that you CAN and WILL do it and then you’ll leave them in the dust.  Fear or uncertainty can make people do or say things that are counterproductive to what you need from them. When I read it, I thought…yes this is so true…but I was thinking of a non-fitness scenario in my mind.

When co-workers or bosses treat with that you can’t/you won’t mentality, it hurts.  They may not even say the words (and actually 99.9% of the time, they DON’T say the words), but their actions and other rhetoric hits you as hard as if they said you can’t and you won’t to your face.  It sucks all the life out of you because you are doing the best possible job you can do.  You see the successes and growth….they don’t even acknowledge that what you are doing is good/commendable/great. So if I take the mindset that they are scared or uncertain or uncomfortable in their own capabilities, it can make it a bit easier to take.  To understand that they really aren’t thinking you won’t and you can’t, but are actually thinking you will and you can AND you’ll probably do a better job than they ever would…WOW…that can be empowering.  You then switch roles and become the leader/teacher/empowerer…you can reach out to them and help them so that they can feel better about themselves AND they can then, in turn, be your cheerleader.

We should be trying to lift others up in our lives AND not be stomping on their dreams/wishes/goals.  Think about that the next time someone says or thinks you won’t/you can’t….where are their thoughts/words really coming from??  Have an uplifting day!!!

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6 thoughts on “Lift Others Up

  1. I love love this! What a great quote and so motivational too. We often tell the students that come to our center that they can do hard things. They tend to want to give up, even though they are very smart. I will have to share this with them to give them extra motivation. Love it!

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  2. I needed this today…it’s not that I have a lot of discouragers around but it does seem like I have a shortage of support from the peeps I would expect. Hmm…well then I realize that even Jesus had a hard time is his hometown and with his own family. And Joseph…I mean his own brothers sold him into slavery. Eventually it will all come around when we’re diligent to our mission and God will bless it and then those that didn’t think you could or would will be amazed that you did…and then the cool part is returning the glory back to God! 🙂

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  3. You have a very insightful thought here! As a psychology student I can stand behind your belief that it really is the other person dealing with issues of their own. It is easier for them to try to sort out your problems than the ones they have. One thing to remember also is that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, each and everyone one of us! We should encourage and not degrade our brothers and sisters. A person who knows and deals with their own issues is a person who knows peace. Great blog!

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