Day 11 #BlurtSelfCareathon : Encourage

Encouragement can be the difference between someone feeling confident and someone feeling like they can’t do anything. Personally for me encouragement can be vital in terms of me actually putting myself forward for opportunities that will benefit me and make me feel a bit better. This weekend I attended a bloggers conference in Rotterdam which I never would have gone to if it weren’t for the encouragement of people around me, and let me tell you I learned a lot, had a good time and I feel less anxious coming out of it all. This was all because someone encouraged me to attend.

It surprises me how little encouragement I need to do certain things as an adult because when I was a child I was more of a “stand by and watch” kind of person rather than a participator. I was shy and nervous, but as I have grown older I realised how much I was missing out on by not putting myself forward for anything which has, recently, encouraged me to accept encouragement from others who tell me it will be a good thing. I am tired of missing out, so your encouragement is 100% welcome.

There are a number of little things you can do to encourage others, it doesn’t have to be hard or awkward. Just do these things:

  • Talk to them.
    • Simple as that. Talk to them and tell them what you think. Even just talking about something can encourage someone to look it up/participate.
  • Send them links
    • Think a friend would be perfect for a job? Send them a link to the post. This encouraged them to apply. The same goes for events etc.
  • Use buzz words
    • Sometimes all it takes are words like “Go on”, “You know you want to”, “You’d be great at that!” to make someone do something. So use them.

That’s my advice for encouraging others anyway. I am talking from my past experience and telling you what tends to work for me. If you have any other suggestions, please comment below. Share your knowledge with me and others. I am also very aware that this was an April project and I am not almost in June and not even half way through. Sorry, I will be better.

Author: Jodie Paterson

I'm Jodie Paterson, a 24 year old Edinburgh based blogger! Born and raised in Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire, I quickly grew a passion for writing, photography and many other creative ventures due to the beautiful Scottish landscapes that surrounded me, and I'm now 5 years in to my blogging journey and still absolutely loving it!

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