Do you have a genuine desire to help people reach their full potential? Are you wondering if you have what it takes?
If you answered yes, then you’ve come to the right place.
It takes a special kind of person to inspire others to be their best selves..
In this article, we’re gonna look at 15 signs that you’re a supportive person who brings out the best in others.
Let’s get started right away:
1) You listen
Now, it may not seem like such a big deal, but to some people it means the world to have someone listen to them.
And I mean really and actively listen – not just nod their heads and move the conversation along.
Let me explain why:
By actively listening to other people you’re showing them that their opinion matters, that they have a voice, and that they’re valued. This can help create a positive and safe environment for them to express themselves in.
And do you know what else?
By taking the time to understand other people’s feelings and needs, you’re setting a positive example – because when people are treated kindly, they’re more likely to treat others kindly themselves.
2) You show a genuine interest in other people
If you’re someone who cares about what other people have to say and what they do – if you really have a genuine interest in other people – then you’re someone who brings out the best in others.
Think about it: If someone has an idea for a start-up but no one to talk to about it, nobody who really cares, they probably won’t go through with it.
But then you come along. You ask about their start-up – how they imagined it and what made them think of the idea. And before you know it…
3) You encourage
That’s right, you encourage them to go ahead with their idea for a start-up or whatever it that they’re thinking of doing.
You let them know that you think it’s great that they’re so passionate about something and that they should go for it
Who knows, they might end up changing the world for the better?
4) You’re honest
Of course, if something seems like a really terrible idea that can only end badly, you don’t tell them to go ahead with it.
Instead, you offer some constructive criticism.
You tell them that while you like certain aspects of their idea, you think that they need to make certain adjustments.
Or, if it’s a terrible idea that can’t be saved, then you have to be brutally honest and tell them that while you get what they’re trying to achieve, you just don’t think that other people will go for it.
They’ll appreciate your honesty and they’ll be encouraged to try something else because your criticism was constructive.
5) You never judge
You’re full of understanding and you know that nothing good comes out of judging other people.
You’re tolerant and open-minded and that means that you’re always trying to see things from the other person’s point of view. What’s more, you’re open to learning new things and to changing your opinion.
And if your views are so very different, that’s ok too, you still don’t judge. You accept.
That’s part of your supportive nature and why people like you so much.
6) You celebrate other people’s successes
Did you know that some of your friends think of you as their personal cheerleader? I’m serious.
Whenever someone hits a “home-run”, you’re the first person to congratulate them and to tell them, “I knew you could do it!” and “I always believed in you!”
And even when things may not be going too great for you, you’re still genuinely happy to celebrate someone else’s success. There’s no jealousy and no resentment – only support!
7) You’re eager to help
Your kind and supportive nature means that you’re always eager to help, give advice, and motivate others.
You’re reliable and trustworthy and your presence is reassuring.
That’s why you always end up bringing the best out of people.
8) You always make time for the people you care about
You could be a world-famous surgeon, but you’d still make time for the people you care about.
Somehow, no matter how busy you are, you’re there to tuck your child into bed at night and cheer them on during their tennis match.
You make sure to be an attentive spouse and date night once a week is a must.
And that’s not all!
No matter how much is going on in your life, you keep in touch with your friends and try to see them as often as you can – and most importantly, they know that they can always count on you for anything.
9) You create a safe space for others
If you’re not a therapist of some kind, maybe you should think about becoming one…
The thing is that you’re great with people.
Your supportive nature means that people feel good in your presence and like they can really open up and express themselves. And that’s not always easy for some people.
That fact that you create that safe space makes a really positive difference in people’s lives.
10) You’re patient
There’s a lot to be said for patience.
You’re patient and understanding and that helps people work through any challenges they’re facing.
It also provides them with the emotional support they need to build their confidence and self-esteem. And once they do that, they can go back to working towards their goals.
You’re a positive influence and a great person to have around in times of need.
11) You’re a positive role model
Because you’re always so kind and supportive of others, you inspire them to be kind and supportive of others as well – to give back.
I don’t know if you believe in karma, but basically, all that positive energy that you’re putting out into the world is spreading and coming back to you.
The wonderful thing is that people look up to you and aspire to be like you.
12) You celebrate diversity
Which makes sense, seeing as you’re a supportive person.
I mean, you get how our differences are what make us so interesting.
13) You give compliments where they’re due
There’s no achievement too big or too small for you to take notice and give praise.
Whether your kid got an A on their test, your mom baked the tastiest cake ever, or your spouse got their dream job, you never forget to give them the compliments and praise they deserve.
14) You make others feel valued
With everything you say and do.
Nobody that knows you ever feels taken for granted or unseen.
That’s because you really take the time to touch base with your friends and family and to find out what’s going on in their lives. And you let them know how much you appreciate having them in your life and how much you value them as a person.
Somehow, that makes them strive to work harder and be better.
15) You have a positive attitude
Well, nobody ever helped anybody achieve anything or become a better person by going around spreading negativity.
Your positive attitude is contagious – people can’t help feeling optimistic in your presence.
You encourage people to keep going when things get tough. You believe that everything will work out and that in turn helps others adopt a similar attitude.
Isn’t it great? You’re like a missionary – only instead of religion, you’re spreading optimism and positivity!