Nothing is more motivating or inspiring than knowing that someone else believes in you and is willing to put their trust in you. It is one of the greatest feelings on earth.
As parents one of the best things we can do for our children is to start when they are very young letting them know that we believe in them and trust them. Doing so gives us the greatest likelihood of having them grow up to be good, trustworthy individuals, because we will have helped inspire them to be so. Children need to have that encouragement that comes from having parents believe in them.
As leaders the greatest chance of success comes when leaders surround themselves with people they can believe in and trust. When a leader trusts their team it allows them to delegate more readily which then allows them to scale their business more readily. And employees need to have that motivation of knowing their boss’ believe in them.
In dating relationships we should always ensure we have chosen someone who has proven they are trustworthy and can be believed in because once we are actually married it is important to truly be able to believe in and trust that person. That feeling of knowing your spouse trusts you and believes in you is the greatest feeling in the world and it will see you through all those hard times life will bring your way. Without that foundation a marriage will rarely survive.
There are a million other tactics people use to try and motivate people –pressuring someone, using passive aggressive comments to induce someone, threatening them, offering material or emotional or physical incentives, etc. And while these tactics may prove to be temporarily effective, they will never inspire true growth in others. Believing in them can.
We all know how good we feel when someone believes in us – When we have someone who we know truly believes in us it makes us want to move heaven and earth to make them proud. We work harder and we correct ourselves faster, and when we recognize that someone is trusting us we don’t want to do anything that would damage that trust as we realize how valuable a gift it is.
“The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
~Amy Rees Anderson