Everyone wants to accomplish and achieve in life. People who are clear about their specific goals actually accomplish more. People who make and reach meaningful goals live meaningful lives. Make it your goal to encourage other people to make and reach meaningful goals.

When a person strives to reach goals that will make a difference in his own life and the lives of others, he will benefit greatly from encouraging words. Even if you don't have the knowledge and experience to know exactly what to say about his goals, the very fact that you say sincere, encouraging words will be very helpful.

Those who have not yet reached their goals will benefit greatly from the encouragement of people they respect. They will think, "If this person believes in me, it must be because he sees something in me that makes him believe that I can reach my goal. So I will also believe in myself." The more self-confident a person is, the less he needs encouragement to set and reach meaningful goals; someone less self-confident needs more encouragement. But even very self-confident people can benefit from encouraging words.

People who have failed at reaching their set goals strongly need encouragement that they can still be successful. You can say, "Everything that you experienced until this moment has given you more wisdom and insights. You now know more than you knew before. You have a much better chance of being successful with all the knowledge that you have gained."