My friend Elizabeth Cottrell just published a book about how handwritten notes have comforted, encouraged, and provided extraordinary support. Her book Heartspoken provides a guide to help readers improve the emotional support of their handwritten words.
Reflecting Elizabeth’s advice to write out encouragement, today’s Consider This show is about conveying best wishes on success. It recognizes the importance of acknowledging small triumphs as well as major joys.
A friend just bought a new house overlooking the Atlantic. I am so happy for her. It’s exactly what she wanted; a dream come true.
If I applaud her success and wish her well, and really mean it, then her success adds to my own happiness. Isn’t it great, how that works? Hers is a really big success.
But we are surrounded daily by lesser successes that can also be recognized and appreciated. Be sure to acknowledge the success of those around you. Don’t just assume they know you are proud of them. Tell them. Make a special call to give congratulations. Write a personal note. Friend, relative, child, colleague, or acquaintance, your congratulations will add immensely to their joy in success. Give kudos generously. They’re FREE! And they have such value to those who receive them.
Do it today. Find a reason to congratulate success. Even better, spread the word about someone else’s success. There is no finer form of flattery, especially when it is sincere And from the heart. Look for someone to congratulate today, and make it a good one.
P.S. Who has time to sit around writing notes? Here are some suggestions for creating time:
- Mute the TV when serial commercials begin and write away.
- Choose a greeting card that expresses what you want to say and write less by hand.
- Put a clipboard and notepaper in the car. Write while stuck in heavy traffic.
- Be motivated by how much you love the person you’d address.