Day 957. How to encourage others to succeed!

March 9, 2014

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles

Day 957.  Wednesday, November 6, 2013
I walked excitedly into the gym.  Today was Day 2 of my return to the gym—I figured if I can do two days, then it’s a habit.

Clyde greeted me with a smile and we chatted about my absence and my return.

I dashed to the Stairmaster and happily did my routine for an hour.  Earlier today I decided I didn’t like anyone.  Clearly then, I had plenty of energy and frustration to burn.

After my cardio routine I started the weight machines.  Dan, my friend found me on a crunch machine.

Smiling Daffodil:  “Oh!  Have you done that exercise yet?  The one you were going to teach me?”

Dan:  “Yes I have, but I can show you how to do the exercise.”

So I eagerly followed.

He gathered the equipment and set it up on the floor.

Smiling Daffodil:  “Are you sure I can do this?  There’s no way I can.”

Dan:  “Yes, you can.  It’s easier than you think.”

Smiling Daffodil:  “But I’ve been away from the gym so long.  I’m not sure.”

Dan:  “You can.  It’s not that hard.”

He demonstrated the exercise.  I watched skeptically.

Then I positioned myself to do the exercise and I trusted him that I could do it.

Smiling Daffodil:  “No way!  I can do it!”

Dan showed me another exercise, which I doubted I could do—and he proved I could do it.

I was beaming.

The Dale Carnegie principles Dan used are from How to Win Friends and Influence People:
Principle 28.  Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.

In my story, I only tried the exercises because Dan had confidence in me that I could do them—on my own I would have assumed I couldn’t.  The lesson in this story:  help others overcome their lack of confidence by demonstrating your confidence in their ability to achieve success.  Empower others to succeed!

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles by the Smiling Daffodil

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