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It’s 2014.

Researchers at Stanford University wanted to know why certain students got substantially lower grades than the rest.

So they assigned 7th grade high-schoolers to write an essay about their hero.

Pretty generic, right?

Except the one difference was a single sentence, just 19 words, added to the end of half the students’ feedback on their assignments:

"I’m giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you can reach them."

That’s it.

And the 50% of students who received that one additional line of feedback were found to be doing 40% better in English classes a whole year later!

“That’s cute Kody, but I’m not a 7th grade teacher”

Cool. Me neither.

Also, doesn’t matter!

The point is, words matter.

Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at the Stanford, discussed this study saying:

“Kids are sitting in classrooms all the time thinking, ‘what does my teacher think of me? Does my teacher think I can do this?’”

But again, it’s not just 7th graders.

Everyone is constantly wondering what everyone else thinks of them.

Parents, leaders, coaches, managers, and their friends.

Whether it’s today or someday in the near future, you’ll be in that position.

Someone right now, today in this very moment, is probably wondering what you think of them.

How much could their life change by you simply saying out loud that you truly, whole-heartedly believe in them?

How could their life be different today?

How might it be different a year from now, or even a decade?

Now imagine…

…if just 19 words written on a paper one time made these 7th graders excel in English a year later…

…what kind of unimaginable impact could you have on your family, your community, your church, and your world if you simply made a habit of telling one person every day that you believe in them?

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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My 3-year-old: What are you doing dad?

Me: Going out to trim the lawn.

My 3-year-old: Why?! You never trim the lawn!



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