If you have children, you will doubtless remember saying to them, “You can do it.”
It's what we say when our toddlers first struggle to their feet.
It's what we say when they face their first day at school, when they first ride a bicycle, or first swim a full length of a pool.
Children face the challenges of early life with greater confidence when they are supported by the belief and support of their parents.
And it doesn't stop at childhood. We continue to say, “You can do it” when our teens take their driving test, apply for college or dress up for that first job interview.
I recently finished reading John Le Carre's book, "The Constant Gardener." He frequently touches on the thought that adults are simply the children they once were, with all their childhood strengths and weaknesses, masquerading in grown-up bodies.
I think he's right. As adults, at home and at work, we still crave the support and belief of those around us--our partner, our colleagues, our bosses.
When faced with a tough career challenge it's still reassuring to have someone put a hand on our shoulder and say, “You can do it.”