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How can I help my friends realize their value? This question leads a person down a journey of self discovery. For me personally, I feel that one must realize their own value as a person in order to help others realize theirs. Often, we sell ourselves short and do not realize our own potential and how our actions and efforts affect and inspire others to be better. Friends have so many enduring qualities. They are loyal companions, trustworthy individuals and honest. A friend does not have to be rich or poor, black or white, popular or non-popular to reap the benefits of being a good person. Being a valuable person comes from a place deep within your heart.
The first thing I would do is to show that person that I believe in them. I chose them to be a good friend because they are a good person at heart. I would remind them of that often. Sometimes, we as human beings, tend to sell ourselves short in this capacity. We let fear of failure tear us apart at the seams. When someone shares that “You did a great job” or “I am giving you this extra responsibility because I know you can handle it” it makes a person feel worthy and important. I also believe that it is important to let our friends know about our own failures and how we, as individuals, bounced back. This shows our friends that a person can overcome obstacles and that just because they are having a rough time that we will stand beside them and see them through it.
Next, I would encourage and challenge them to strive for their dreams. I would encourage them to be realistic when setting new goals, but challenge them to reach their potential. I would use words like “I know you can do it” or “You got this” to help them stay on track. There is no greater feeling than being successful and accomplishing one’s goals. This goes back and ties in to believing in them and making them feel important, but also pushing them in a healthy...