Operation Wedding Suit has begun. I’m determined that by the time my wedding comes around in July, I’ll be able to wear the suit I want in the size I want. Needless to say, I’m not currently the size I want to be at the end of July!
So recently, I’ve joined the gym and I have enlisted the help of a personal trainer. I can’t believe I’m writing this, but I absolutely love it. For me, exercise is a completely foreign concept and taking the first steps into the gym was difficult, but I’m really enjoying it when I’m there.
Yesterday my personal trainer nonchalantly said four words to me that made me feel great. He will never know how much impact his flippant remark had on not only my workout, but also my attitude towards the gym. What can those magic words be? Simply this:
“That was really good.”
Four simple words. They were praising me after I did a set of weights that I was very sceptical about beforehand, and I imagine he was sceptical about me lifting, too! Yet these simple words of encouragement made me feel fantastic. One little sentence of praise spurred me on for the rest of the session and made me try just that little bit harder.
All this made me think. As a teacher, I say phrases like this all day, every day. I’m constantly praising children for their work, their attitude, their achievements and much more. How does this praise make children feel? They’re used to hearing it from me. Does it spur them on? Does it make them feel great? Or are they immune to it because teachers are experts at praising without even thinking about it? As adults, we rarely get praised as much as children, is this why I felt so good when I was on the receiving end of some praise?
I don’t know the answers to these questions, but it’s something that’s made me think and I’d appreciate others’ thoughts on this. Please do comment below!
(Photo credit: CrossfitPaleoDietClasses on Flickr.)
(Disclaimer: person in photo is not me!)