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Monday, September 13, 2010

To Encourage Others to Be Their Best, Walk the Walk

"You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself."

~Harvey Firestone

One of the best ways to encourage others to be their best, is to model excellence for them. When you set a standard for excellence, then work to achieve it yourself, you can teach people by your example.  You can model how to overcome obstacles.  You can show others how to maintain motivation.  You can show them how to overcome adversity or those curve balls that life sometimes throws.  The best leaders lead by example.  If there are specific things you want others to do, make sure you are demonstrating how to do them.  We listen and learn from those who "walk the walk."

This week:  Think of some specific person you want to encourage to be their best.  It might be an employee, friend, child or parent.  How can you model "being your best" for them?  What skills do you have that you might share with them?  What can you demonstrate to them by how you are living your life?  If you want them to be their best, are you striving for that yourself.  Really look at it honestly.  Make adjustments if you need to.  This is one you may need to practice for a bit longer than one week, but the results will be well worth it!

Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and trainer at the Inner Resource Center, LLC.  She specializes in helping people overcome their limitations and the ways they sabotage their success and happiness using the skills she has developed from over 30 years of experience.  For more information to become your best, go to http://www.innerresourcecenter.com/ .


Sue said...

I both love and teach the "lead by example, be a model" philosophy. In Bali parenting is done in this way - model what you want, teach each child to be an artist (either painting, singing, dancing, crafting). It's interesting to me that living by this creed results in tighter relationships and calmer children. There is no ADD or ADHD in Bali.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Linda for highlighting the importance of the flow from the internal to the external. As I learned it, "You can't give what you ain't got."
It is so important for us to give ourselves what we truly desire for others. And I certainly appreciate your suggestive instruction to be specific with what we want to model.

Santoshamo said...

One of the best pieces of advice I received both as a presenter and as a therapist AND as a coach --- all from different people, "The most important thing you have to share is your state." Thanks for the reminder!

creativelyfit said...

Wow! Love this. I have just started homeschooling our fifth grader and this is a perfect reminder! It is amazing ho weasy it is to get caught up in ticking things off the list and forget to focus on "being" excellent!