I’ve given my life to developing leaders around the world
because I am convinced that all people have potential. And in order to reach
that potential there’s one thing everybody needs that we can all give: belief.
Here’s what I know to be true: if you believe in yourself, you can reach your potential and become the individual you were created to be.
I’m on a mission—and have been for quite some time now—to
help as many people as possible believe in themselves.
I think John Maxwell is the best in the world when it comes to believing the best in others. He does this by using something he calls the Number 10 Principle. “I believe everyone I meet is a 10,” John says, “I choose to believe the best in them, so I give them a perfect score on a scale from one to ten.”
This kind of attitude is a game changer! I believe there’s
something powerful about choosing to believe in people before they give you any
reason not to.
There are two critical truths about people that have helped
me cultivate an attitude like John Maxwell: everybody wants to be known,
and everybody can become somebody.
1. Everybody wants to be known
Making someone feel known and significant is quite possibly
the greatest gift you can give. Author George M. Adams says, “There are high
spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through
encouragement from someone else. I don’t care how great, how famous or
successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause.”
2. Everybody can become somebody
When you believe in people, every day is a great day. Why?
Because every morning brings a new opportunity to see someone’s life change. This
perspective will open your eyes to the people around you—inevitably you will
come across somebody that needs somebody to believe in them!
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe said, “Treat a man as he appears
to be and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he
potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.”
Take a moment to think about the people who have made an
impact on your life. Did they believe in you? I’d be willing to bet that the
answer is a resounding yes for everyone reading this.
Maybe it was a school counselor who gave you confidence in
your potential, or a boss that gave you your first shot at a project way beyond
your pay grade. We all have different stories, but the common thread that
weaves through them all is this: “Somebody
believed in me.”
Wouldn’t you like to be that person for somebody else today?
If you have a family, I want to encourage you to start with your
spouse or your kids. Let them know that you believe in them, and watch how it affects
Believing the best in others will bring out the best in others.
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