“I believe in you”. Those four simple words are incredibly powerful, yet are not used often enough. While I don’t know for sure, I would bet that most working adults have never heard those words said to them. Regardless of your job title, each person has the direct ability to brighten someone’s day by using those four, simple words. I believe in you.
If you are a manager, supervisor, or someone in authority, I have a message for you. Only allow and keep people on your team who you genuinely believe in. Or put another way…if there are people on your team who you don’t believe in, then they shouldn’t be on your team. First, you won’t push them to be better (because you sincerely don’t believe they can be better). Second, they probably already know that you don’t believe in them. Both scenarios lead staff to either quit and leave or quit and stay. Both are bad.
Often times, the most powerful form of recognition is peer-recognition. Tell your co-workers how much you appreciate them. At the very least, tell one person, each week, that you appreciate him or her. Do it regularly. Make it a habit. Don’t worry if it is reciprocated. Let the giving be the reward.
From personal experience, I can attest that being appreciated has the power to uplift even the most despondent lives. Being told, “I believe in you”, from various people has literally shaped my life. After all, if you hear anything repeatedly, it will become a part of who you are (regardless if it’s true or not).
So I challenge you to tell someone today, “I believe in you”. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Start today. Encourage someone today. Positively impact someone’s life today. Be a blessing today, and you will be inspired by your innate ability to deeply move those around you.
Supplement for Leaders
One of the fastest ways to de-motivate the brightest people on your team is to tell them exactly what to say and do. (This is especially true of your GenY and Millenial staff). Employees who have the innate drive to “work like they own it” only need to be told the context and general direction. Then, watch them use their talents and skills to figure out the best ways to do their jobs.