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Correct if you must, But Encourage More.

Published on 11/28/2016
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Correct if you must, But Encourage More.



There's no denying that the act of correcting another person is sometimes necessary, especially if their incorrect actions are holding them back from progressing further. However, the pointing out of flaws and inexperience should never be more prevalent or have priority over the act of encouragement.

"Correction does much, encouragement does more".

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


The quote above does not reject the usefulness of correction; in fact it agrees that correction can be effective. Nonetheless, when it comes to encouragement, we may find that it brings about a far better end result in many situations.

Imagine a small child drawing a picture on a large chalkboard. Now, in that child's mind they are creating a masterpiece, a visual delight to rival any skilled artist. And sparked by their youthful imagination, every line that they draw is done so with the intention of bringing to life, the picture they see in their mind's eye.


If you were to comment on that picture, would your words be of encouragement or correction?

 Sure, you could point out that the house in the picture has no windows on the front elevation like regular houses do. And what about the front path that seems to float in mid air? Perhaps the picture lacks detail and finesse and can be improved upon in some areas.

But ...

The truth of the matter is, the child's efforts at drawing have produced something rather good. In this situation, pointing out what the drawing lacks would be nothing but a disservice to that child. What would be far more effective and welcomed would be a few words of encouragement. You could mention that the picture made you smile and reminded you of the house on hill you drive past every day. You could congratulate the child for having a great imagination and fine drawing skills.


Correction is the job of letting others know that there's room to do better. Encouragement is the job increasing belief in others so that they have the confidence to do better.


In reality, we are all like that little child with a piece of chalk in our hands, trying to create a masterpiece. And though there will always be room for improvement in whatever we do in life, it's always great to be on the receiving end of some encouraging words.
So seize the opportunity to speak words of encouragement to others. Take the time to elevate them by seeing their strengths and praising their efforts. We all need encouragement; it is a blessing to receive but even more of a blessing to give away.

Bev Austin


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