And he blessed Joseph and said, ” . . . The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; Let my name be named upon them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” ~Genesis 48: 15-16
Not everyone you influence will think the same way you do. You have to help them not only believe that they can succeed, but also show them that you want them to succeed.
How do you do that? 1. Expect it: People can sense your underlying attitude no matter what you say or do. If you have an expectation for your people to be successful, they will know it.
2. Verbalize it: People need to hear you tell them that you believe in them and want them to succeed. Become a positive prophet of their success.
3. Reinforce it: You can never do too much when it comes to believing in people.
Once people recognize and understand that you genuinely want to see them succeed and are committed to helping them, they will begin to believe they can accomplish what you give them to do.
Buying Into the Leader
So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manaseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
Who would have picked Gideonas a leader? Certainly not Gideon. But despite Gideon‘s doubts, God used him. And he grew as a leader through several stages:
He started at home with his servants by destroying an altar to Baal and building a new altar to God.
He won over his father, who was a key influencer, and Gideon’s life was spared when the men of Ophrah came after him.
He broadened his circle by winning the influence of Joash, the Abiezrites, and tribes beyond his borders.
He moved at the right time, with the right number of people, and won a great victory.
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