Wind beneath My Wings

I’m sure that song elicits either a whimsical memory or a gagging reflex. Regardless of how you feel about the song, recently I have come to understand its meaning and its power. Do you have someone who is the wind beneath your wings? Are you someone else’s wind? 

Lift a person up. You come in contact with many people each day, and you have the opportunity to lift them up or tear them down. Words are powerful, and they can give a person the courage necessary to do great things. Or, words can instill fear, causing someone to be paralyzed. I have someone in my life who is always telling me that I am amazing and will go far in my career. To hear those words from another person, unsolicited, and who isn’t family (because we all know you have to say that if you are a parent), builds up self-worth. It can be a catalyst to continue driving towards success.

Show them where they can go. We live in a society that seems to encourage self-condemnation. We tell ourselves we aren’t good enough or ask ourselves, “How in the world could I be successful?” You have the opportunity to show someone the significance of their abilities and talents. You can open someone’s eyes to their potential and where they can go in life.

Don’t stop believing. Okay, another song that probably elicits some sort of nostalgic feeling. Nevertheless, don’t stop believing in that person or their potential. Don’t let them stop believing in themselves or their vision. Be someone’s cheerleader, and encourage them until they cross the finish line.

The power and influence you have and can bestow on someone’s life is amazing. You can change how a person views themselves and can show them how they can contribute to their world. I don’t think I can articulate how much you can help someone by breathing words of life into them. It made a huge difference in me. I don’t think I would have seen the successes I have seen in the corporate world, or have written a book, or have pursued the radio show if there weren’t people in the background cheering me on and telling me I can do it. Change someone’s life. Tell them why they are amazing.

Jana Axline is Chief Project Officer at Project Genetics and the author of Becoming You. Through her leadership musings, she inspires audiences to grow as leaders and ultimately achieve who they were created to be. For more information visit Project Genetics.

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