View yourself as someone with a high priority to encourage others in any way you can and being an encouraging person will become part of your identity. Every time you think about encouraging others or actually say encouraging remarks, you strengthen that identity. Your self-image has a major impact on your thoughts, speech, and actions. As you improve your self-image, you will automatically change how you think, speak, and act.

When you identify as an encourager, you are much more likely to continue learning what to say to encourage others. The stories you read and hear will help you master the ability to encourage more people in more ways.

In order to qualify as an encourager, you don't need a medical degree and you don't need a license. You just need a sincere desire to help fellow human beings, even before you utter an encouraging word.

The more you know about other people and the more you learn about how to encourage various individuals, the more effective you will be. But the will to encourage is the starting point. Decide right now that your self-image includes being a person who loves to encourage others. Think, "I look for opportunities to make a difference in people's lives by encouraging them."

Encouraging other people to improve their own self-images can have a major impact on their lives.

Our subjective thoughts about ourselves create our self-image. Two people might have similar strengths, intelligence, positive qualities, and achievements, but focus differently and therefore have different self-images. One might focus on his lack of strengths, smarts, and achievements, and on his negative qualities. The other person might focus on his current strengths, intelligence, positive qualities, lifetime achievements, and potential achievements in the future. Which one has a positive self-image?

Encourage people to have a realistic view of themselves while maintaining a positive self-image, and you will be doing them a lifelong act of kindness.