Making A Difference - Part 3 - Acknowledgment

Welcome back.  A few readers have contacted me saying my blogs are a bit long for them; I think they might be right so I will try to make them shorter so you can read them quicker. Also, I welcome any comments you'd like to make.

Have you ever had a failure, when you were sure your life was going down the tubes, when everything you touched turned to – well, it didn’t turn to gold - and then everything changed for the better. Absolutely, that happens to most of us.

What if, at an early age, you were able to assess your situation more quickly, realize that Universal Spirit has everything under control, recognize that things aren’t really so bad, and turn an obvious problem into a solution immediately?  Would that have made a big difference in your life? Change can happen instantaneously when people have a role model and the right tools - and can really let go and let God.  For people who grew up in an environment where they were constantly told what they couldn’t do, it’s not surprising if they now say, “It’s not possible” rather than “I can do anything”

In the past, we may have heard our parents, teachers or supervisors say it’s not possible. This causes us to believe that we can’t do it. Researchers have revealed that we are told six times more often about what we do wrong than what we do right.

  If we, or our kids, or our co-workers are always being told what we can’t do, how do we know we can do amazing things in our life? 

What can you do to make a difference?  You can make an Acknowledgment Sandwich.  Sandwich a layer of praise between two slices of acknowledgment.  It works like this:  

1. Find something that is working. Tell the person how much you appreciate what they have done.

2. If there is something that can be improved, demonstrate a better way that it could be done. Lead by example. Instead of yelling, “How many times have I told you how to do that,” you might, instead, say, “Perhaps there is a better and easier way I could show you to do this.”

3. Complete your conversation by acknowledging the person, telling them how much you appreciate the things that he or she does well, and how willing they are to discover another possibility.

In my next blog (Making A Difference - Part 4) we’ll talk more about the power of acknowledgment. 

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