Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Just Four Words

My friend said these words to me in a Twitter direct message today. It was the end of the day. I was tired. Not feeling well. These words lightened my load. After I saw these word I felt different. I sat up straight in my chair. I smiled. I smiled big. My face hurt because I was smiling so much. I was still tired but I felt like I could take on entire army of naysayers. These four words gave me the strength to run up Hamburger Hill with a hollow log. These words filled me with confidence. I went from a 40 pound weakling to someone with the strength of ten men. I suddenly could defeat any foe. These four words changed my attitude. Someone believed in me. Someone cared for me. Someone knew I could do anything. My friend didn't spend money to give me these words. Don't get me wrong, these words were a gift. A beautiful gift. A gift that keeps giving. Some gifts break, fade and become out of date. These words are timeless, classic and are always the right size. These 4 words are so powerful that I felt compelled to share them with others. I drew them on a piece of paper and put it in front of my son while he was doing homework. He just walked in and said, "Dad, I'm almost done. Thanks for putting those words on paper. It meant a lot to me!"

Please give these four words to someone right now, today or tomorrow. Put them in an email. Make a call. Put them on a piece of paper. These four powerful words can change the course of a person's day, evening, week or lifetime.

"I'm Proud Of You!"


  1. I was telling someone about something like this. I was having a horrible time and a person I love and respect went through a whole list of reasons why I mattered and said essentially the same thing to me. What I heard was "I believe you can do this" and I needed it more than I could have even known.

    Definitely willing to pass these words on. Thanks Mike.

  2. I'm sure that Alex needs to hear these words from me more often. Thanks or the reminder. I'll use them soon and often.

  3. Good words. Good, good words.

    Good post.

  4. awesome... passing it on as soon as I finish this post...

  5. Amen! Four words that can change a life! I'm passing them on!