Encouragement Defined

My research started with finding a definition of encourage. Here is what I found…


to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence:

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Simple Definition

to make (someone) more determined, hopeful, or confident

Full Definition

to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope

Cambridge Free English Dictionary

to help someone to feel confident and able to do something, or to give advice to someone to do something

Oxford Dictionaries

Give support, confidence, or hope to (someone)

I have attempted to make a visual of effective encouragement by creating a Venn diagram.

Venn diagram of Encouragement
Venn diagram of Encouragement

On the left is the receiver, on the right is the giver. The sweet spot in the middle is where encouragement happens. As I created this diagram I realized that I would need to go into the deep end of the pool to find all the layers of encouragement.

For example certain criteria need to be met for both the giver and the receiver to meet in the sweet spot. The giver needs to be aware that a change is possible. The Receiver needs to be capable of the change.  i.e.  we don’t encourage new born babies to walk, it is not possible.

And so it begins…

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