Praise is a very powerful process, not just for the person receiving it, but also for the giver. I found that I was able to be more productive when I praise other people, and get this, I don't even have to always praise them directly and vocally.
OK, I understand you are now curious. What am I talking about?
Here is a little story to highlight this point. I heard it and wanted to share it here.
When ever you are out and about, or even at home or work, it is always beneficial to praise those around you, but you can do it silently to yourself. If you really want to, you can certainly praise out loud, but for this exercise, we will be praising inwardly.
A person visited a restaurant and after a short while, asked the waiter if he would like to know how he can increase the amount of his tips. Naturally, the waiter was curious and decided to ask for more information. The restaurant guest insisted that the waiter must be prepared to keep detailed records over the coming weeks, and he agreed.
The instruction was then for the waiter to inwardly praise every customer he served and to note the amount of his tips. Over the course of the next few weeks, his tips had actually doubled, and this was from him just praising his clients. He said things like they looked good, they seemed happy and so on.
Now, applying this technique in your life, consider praising your clients, your employer, your shop assistant even, all people whom you interact with. You may well be very surprised at the results you get.
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