En-courage Courage!

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If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • If there is one piece of advice I would offer you, it’s this: never – and I despise using absolute words like “never” – never stop encouraging yourself and others in the pursuit of worthy goals. This advice is inspired by the definition of the word encouragement, which is “to give hope and confidence to.”

    Can you imagine what this world would look like if we were constantly infusing others with hope and confidence? What would this world look like if EVERYONE was walking around with hope and confidence – despite the challenges they face in life? With successful strategies, always available within, that will help them transform whatever obstacles into opportunities for a greater expression of their true self?

    If each of us held hope and confidence dear to our heart and mission, each of us would have tremendous POTENTIAL to achieve milestones far beyond what we might imagine for ourselves and others.

    I respectfully offer, if this world suddenly became characterized by hope and confidence, not fear and self doubt, many challenges we face in society would vanish. People of all walks of life would be “running to daylight” in the pursuit of their dreams and goals that honor them, nurture those dependent upon them and add value to the communities they serve!

    If we dedicate ourselves to being a constant “encourager” of others, guess what happens? The law of attraction kicks in and, in return, we will draw toward us the same positive energy that we throw out toward others.

    We must believe deep within the marrow of our bones that it’s our attitude toward life that will dictate how our lives unfold: a great attitude creates great results; a bad attitude, bad results. There are few exceptions to this universal truth.

    Awakening each day with a positive attitude and a sense of wonderment to the potential a new day holds gives us the power to overcome what life will always bring to us: challenges.

    Life is not easy. It will throw you unexpected, and unwanted, curveballs when you least deserve them. Keep a healthy attitude toward these changes and keep encouraging yourself! You live with that person inside your soul 24/7. Trust me, the world will try and beat you up enough, don’t compound the problem by hammering on yourself.

    I have suffered a life-changing head injury, two painful divorces and been part of many corporate restructuring and downsizing strategies. I know you have similar stories of painful moments in your life. Don’t become a victim of circumstance, instead become a student of experience determined to use this chapter of your life to grow toward a greater expression of the one and only YOU: unique, talented and loaded with immense potential.

    Encourage yourself and others. Overcome obstacles and transform them into opportunities to “run to daylight” in your life. Don’t let fear get in the way of your dreams. Instead remember, courage is the soul of your dreams. En-courage courage.

    Mark McIntosh

    Known as "The Comeback Coach" Mark McIntosh entertains and inspires audiences of all kinds with his popular "Run to Daylight" message of hope in the face of life's challenges. The father of two shares simple but effective strategies learned from his life challenges with debilitating injury, painful divorces and corporate restructuring that have forced him to choose between being a victim of circumstance and a student of experience. In addition to his professional speaking, writing and coaching, McIntosh is currently co-host of KUSA-TV's "Colorado and Company." Prior to that, for 18 years McIntosh was a sportscaster for KCNC-TV and won "Westword's" Best Sport Anchor in 2003.

    For more information, please visit seekvictory.com.

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    1. Della
      Della says:

      Wow I so believe in all you say and I too have been through so much and I really try to encourage everyone I meet. God bless you and keep encouraging as I sure need it every day.

    2. Patrick
      Patrick says:

      I hear you Mark. I encourage everyone, and myself. We all had hardship and I for one, is worth it, and encourage others to find the encouragement, you, and I have found. As you suggested, I have been encouraged by others. So I do it to others. I look at my past pain, as experience. Thank you Mark for encouraging me to respond. Lots of love.

    3. Vinod Sharma
      Vinod Sharma says:

      Mark, Your article about encouraging others to help achieve their GOALS is really inspiring and given the backdrop of your personal challenges it really acquires Mammoth Dimensions. Keep it up.

    4. peter verin
      peter verin says:

      you indicate a wonderful stating point: what (besides your encouragement), generally speaking, allows us to begin to realize that that is a or the starting point?

    5. Leon Jonas
      Leon Jonas says:

      Great stuff. in order to survive on this planet you need to be courageous. if not you will live a live of misery.

    6. Annamarie Muirhead
      Annamarie Muirhead says:

      Yes I love this article, we can all do with a little encouragement at times, some more than others. We do not always see the day light shining brightly, but it’s always worth looking for it.
      Love and Blessings Annamarie


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