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Topic: MIX (10/22/15)
- TITLE: Mix in a Little Praise
By LaVonne Wood
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“Sure Mom, I love chocolate pudding.” Mom always knew how to get me to do things willingly by adding a little praise to her request.
I brought out a three-quart pan and started putting in the dry ingredient: sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and a dash of salt. Slowly I added the milk, mixing well, and then put it on the stove to cook.
When I first learned how to make pudding from scratch, it didn’t always turn out the best. Sometimes it was a lumpy, yucky mess. I hadn’t watched it close enough, letting the pudding thicken on the bottom and causing the lumps. My mom would just encourage me to try again, praising me for trying so hard, until I finally mastered the procedure.
Praise does not come easy for most people. It is easier to point out faults than to see the things they do right or the progress they have made. Through the years, I have had a lot of different jobs and many bosses. Most bosses or supervisors were quick to point out all the things I did wrong. A couple of times I worked for supervisors who had mastered the knack of getting people to work for them instead of against them. They were the ones who would constantly thank me for showing up, being faithful, and working hard. I seemed to want to work even harder to please a person who appreciated my efforts and saw those things that I did well.
Prov. 15:1 says a soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger. People don’t take criticism too well. However, if they are praised for the things they have already learned or accomplished, they will accept correction at lot easier.
The next time you want to teach someone how to do something, mix in a little praise, and see how much better the outcome will be.
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