Equipping with Encouragement

We can give courage to others by equipping them – giving them the tools, skills and mindset they need for a situation, task, mission, purpose or challenge they are facing.


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Energy

In our last chapter on Mental Toughness, we talked about “taking every thought captive” – managing our thoughts.  In this chapter we’ll talk about “taking every energy source captive” – managing our energy and increasing the energy of others, and with it their courage.


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Mental Toughness

Mental toughness is not cold, ruthless, cynical, mean-spirited, or self-centered.  It is a positive, unselfish perspective that empowers you to make the most out of the opportunities with which you have been blessed.  It helps you to get more out of life by embracing its ups and downs more productively.


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Courage in Confrontation

The courage to engage in confrontation with confidence is a courage you need to receive for yourself before others will receive it from you.  Many people are afraid of confrontation.  Unfortunately, the two most frequent ways that people deal with this fear are:


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Conquering the Enemies of Courage

One of the most important ways to encourage is to conquer the forces that attack our courage.  Whether we are encouraging others, or receiving encouragement from them, or encouraging ourselves, every one of us faces daily encounters with the enemies of courage – people, circumstances, thoughts or feelings that threaten to dis


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Addressing the Need to Improve

If you have an employee whose attitude or behavior or performance is not up to the team’s standard, you want to address the issue with them in a way that leaves them in a better place, not a worse one, than they were before the talk.  You may need to give them some hard truth about the urgency of their need to improve, but yo


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Defining High Standards

One problem that organizations can run into when striving for high standards is using the term in a general way without clearly defining them or explaining how to achieve them. In this article I’m going to discuss 6 high standards I believe are important.  Of course there are more.


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The Power of Selflessness

Every one of us is wired so that we are at our best and strongest when we are thinking and acting beyond self-interest – when we look beyond ourselves to focus on the well-being of others.  And we’re at our worst and weakest when we focus exclusively on our own well-being.  I’m talking about a way to tap into your natural str


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Express Your Vision for the People You Lead

Have you ever had a leader who expressed a vision for you that was greater than your vision for yourself?  If you have, it probably had a profound impact on you, especially if they explained what they saw in you that inspired that vision. 


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Avoid Avoidance

Employees make a sharp distinction between leaders who engage and leaders who avoid.  They feel more valued by leaders who engage with them.  Feeling valued increases not only their sense of worth, but also their sense of purpose and loyalty.


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