Appreciation, recognition, encouragement: ARE. Together they make up a cost-free, fully sustainable fuel, one that builds self-confidence and self-esteem, boosts individual and team performance, and keeps an organization running cleanly and smoothly. ARE is more powerful than the fuels that make engines roar and space shuttles soar, because it propels human energy and motivation. And unlike costly, nonrenewable fuels like oil and gas, its supply is inexhaustible. You can give out ARE all day long, at home and at work, and wake up the next morning with a full tank. In fact, the more we use, the more there is, because every time people receive some ARE they discover more of their own internal supply and start giving away the overflow.
-Lee Cockerell, Creating Magic
The magic of ARE is that, unlike real rocket fuel, ARE costs nothing. All it requires is that you remember to do it. With as much as we all have to do every day, this can seem quite difficult until you realize two things. First, ARE does not have to be elaborate or formalized (although it can be). ARE can be spontaneous and small, but it will still be incredibly impactful. Second, remembering to do it is as simple as just getting in the habit of openly praising and thanking those around you. This may feel unnatural at first, but like all things, the more you do it, the easier it becomes and the more creative you get with how you do it (and the better you get at personalizing it to the person you're recognizing). So what are you waiting for? challenge yourself to fuel those around you with ARE at least 5, 10, or more times a day both at work or at home. Recognize small and big things. Change up how you give it. Have fun with it. And see how quickly you see the enhanced positivity around you.