Today's To-Do: Recognize someone for something specific.

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One of the ways you can love the people in your life and grow your relationships is by affirming the good things they do. 

Today, tell a person something specific you appreciate about what they've done recently.

A meaningful way you can do this is by writing it down and leaving a note on his or her desk. You can put it in the mail. You can make a phone call or send a text message. The medium in this case is less important than the message.

A few examples: 

  • "I really appreciate the way you cleaned up the meeting space after everyone had filtered out this morning. It's obvious you care more about others than you do about yourself."

  • "I was thinking about our conversation earlier and wanted to tell you how much I appreciate how intentional you were with your questions. You do a great job putting curiosity into the service of others."

  • "Your presentation today obviously took a lot of preparation. Thanks for putting in the work to honor your audience's time and deliver an excellent speech."

To become a more encouraging person simply requires exercising your encouragement muscles more often. You do this by opening your eyes to the strengths of others and boldly telling them what you see--one note/conversation/phone call/email at a time. 

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