Believing in people is the first step to bringing out their best

You can do it, I believe in you!

We may not always get what we want in life but we tend to get what we expect!

In building strong relationships with people as a leader, I have found that I must set the pace in the arena of belief. My belief in others has a countering effect on the lack of belief they have in themselves. This has been true many times in my own life when a mentor has shown me their belief and have raised the bar by expecting me to succeed. After a short period of time, when this belief has given me all I need to take positive action and see results, my belief in myself rose to a healthy level, high enough for me to self motivate and bring my best game to the table every time.

Every one of us is driven by a need for certainty and significance. Everybody wants to be a somebody. Author George M. Adams said “There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I do not care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause”. Everyone wants their life to matter, even if they don’t always show it. As leaders, we have the power to give people the significance they yearn for by simply showing them how valuable they are. “You can do it, I believe in you” is sometimes all it takes to see them grow.

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. We have all heard this cliche but what does it really mean? Too often we want to help people with what we know instead of caring for them because of who we are. Everybody needs someone who shows genuine interest in them and gives sincere praise and encouragement. Someone today will rise up and become all they can be, just because you showed them you believe in them and that you care about their success.

When you believe in your people…seeing everyone as a 10…every day is a great day. Why? Because every morning brings a new day in which someone’s life can change. What a wonderful gift!

Have a truly rewarding day, bringing out the best in others, I believe in you!


Grant Herbert
The People Builder


2 thoughts on “Believing in people is the first step to bringing out their best

  1. Beautiful. Belief is truly the key. For ourselves and for others. I would take that one step further. Challenge – which you alluded to in the first paragraph when you talked about your mentor expecting you to succeed. If all we do is believe then that alone won’t take us far. We need to act on that belief. Give yourself a challenge each day and believe in others enough to challenge them.

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