There’s something very special about the act of encouragement.

When you highlight something that someone has done well, it changes their demeanour and body language.

When you praise someone, you increase the chance of them doing it again.

When you put your arms around someone and inspire them to keep going, they are able to find another burst of energy.

When you brag about their achievements and they hear about it, it fills them with pride and increases their confidence.

So often, attempts are made to change people by using fear, anger, threats, abuse or a range of other negative strategies.

How sad.

If you want to change people, encourage them.

Build them up.

Tell them you believe in them.

Give them a reason for hope and self-belief.

Help them to walk taller.

Fan their fading embers into flames.

What a wonderful legacy that would leave.