Insight from my morning study:
One of human nature’s deepest desires is the feeling of importance.
It is this desire that leads people to work harder and longer for the next promotion, buy the latest gadgets, wear the latest trends, drive the newest model and live in the biggest house.
These are all visible signs of this desire to feel important, but what about the invisible? How do we best receive this feeling from others?
We can make those around us and those we lead feel important through acknowledgment, affirmation, appreciation and gratitude.
Business magnate Charles Schawb once commented on this topic by saying,
The greatest asset I possess, and the way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement. There is nothing else that so kills the ambitions of a person as criticisms from superiors. I never criticize anyone. I believe in giving a person incentive to work. So I am anxious to praise but loath to find fault. If anything, I am hearty in my approbation and lavish in my praise.
Challenge: acknowledge and appreciate at least one person in your life today.