How Encouragement Changed My Regrets



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“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.”

Anne Frank

Regret has often followed the hallways of things that have been spoken in my life. Words I wish I could drag back into my mouth. The power of the spoken word is that once it has been said it can’t be undone. There is no erase or delete button on our mouths. Our words are living, breathing beings.

One lesson that I have learnt so I live with less regret is to give myself the job description of Head Cheer Leader.

Anne Frank says it perfectly;

“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.”

We each have a piece of good news inside. We sometimes think good thoughts about each other, but often we are quick to speak out the negative things rather than the positive ones. Imagine if we just said out loud the positive things that we thought about people every single time.

Our world would be full of much less regret. Encouragement is like a muscle the more we use it the stronger we get.

Our Regret Less Challenge

What if we spoke out the positive things we thought to each other, even strangers?

It can be awkward, but what if we all did it. In the queue at the shops, if we thought someone’s hair looked good, what if we said it out loud. At the cafe when someone makes you a beautiful coffee, what if we just said it out loud?

Text it

Write it

Send it

Speak it

Smile and bravely just say something good.

You will never ever regret encouraging someone and the strange thing is, no matter how awkward it feels, you will feel better at the end.

In a world that is full of so much negativity and sadness, with internet shouting matches and people tearing each other down, what if the women who call Kinwomen their home lived a life marked by encouragement.

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.     

George Halas

Let’s call each other on to our greater tomorrow and let the words of our mouths be full of optimism and encouragement.

I want to live my life with fewer regrets, especially in the area of my communication.

How about you?

Cheers

Amanda


About Amanda

Amanda Viviers has published five books and is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia. She is also the co-founder of Kinwomen; a network created to inspire women to start conversations that matter. Driven by a passion for social justice, she loves supporting projects for women in developing countries. Her new online platform, The Boardroom Retreat; creates online content for professional and personal development for leaders. Teaching women to live creative lives, beyond the circumstances, is something she pursues daily. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty, she lives a creative life, longing to see people live inspired. Pinterest/ Twitter/ @Mandaviviers Instagram: @amandaviviers Facebook: @amandaviviersperth The Boardroom Retreat Link: https://www.patreon.com/theboardroomretreat