Everyone needs a cheerleader now and then. Who doesn’t love a compliment? We all respond well when we are told we look great, or we’re doing a great job. We feel validated. Make no mistake about it, “flattery gets you everywhere,” because it feeds our productivity and nourishes our success.
In fact, the casual “pat on the back” often provides us with the significant encouragement to fuel us towards reaching our goals sooner, more than later. Even the smallest acknowledgment can make the greatest difference in someone’s self esteem, thereby building self-confidence and impacting personal productivity. Do not underestimate the power of praise.
As Organizing specialists, we can identify the key obstacles that cause our clients to feel “stuck.” While the analytics may reveal obvious shades of poor time-management, insufficient space, procrastination, fear of failure, etc., they are not the only culprits.
There is one more piece to consider. The big “S” word, i.e. Support, or lack there of. This is a huge component of motivation and decision-making. Whether it be a Professional, friend, or family member, sometimes just having someone standing by your side can inspire you to get “unstuck.” When someone is rooting you on, it not only encourages you to do well, it propels you forward to even greater heights. Ask any marathon runner who crosses a finish line, or any athlete who relies on their fans to cheer them to victory. Everyone performs better with an active fan base and supportive audience.
At a recent NAPO Conference this year, Psychologist Dr. Ari Tuckman shared specific strategies to help increase a person’s motivation. He suggests that if we cheerlead bits of progress, it can have a huge impact on a person’s motivation to succeed. Very powerful thinking. Good therapy and coaching are super effective for this specific reason. Likewise, my role as a Professional Organizer not only embodies a facilitator of change, it also includes my being 100% cheerleader for my client. For me, it cannot be separated, it is one in the same.
So ask yourself, do you have a personal cheerleader? When you’re down, stuck, or overwhelmed, having positive backup could be a game changer. Get the support and help when you need it. Don’t go it alone. You shouldn’t have to.
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Whatever you’re doing, keep up the good work. Keep going, you can do it! The power of praise can be pretty powerful. Do you have a personal cheering squad that has made a difference in your life? Do you think that having someone “champion” your endeavors impacts your motivation? Even if YOU believe in YOU, it feels good to know others do too.
Perhaps you never thought about it before, but I invite you to now…and continue to motivate some more conversation. I believe you can.