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"Just one more time lightly. You can do it. Just one more time lightly. Come on Abby, you can do it."

Every now and then it takes a little push or a few words of encouragement to cause us to give the 100 percent needed to reach a particular goal. There was a time when the words "one more time lightly" would cause me to cringe and grit my teeth. In 1992 I spent every Tuesday and Thursday evening in an auto body class at the local career center. Standing in the garage, looking at my instructor and thinking of having to sand the fender of my car just one more time was discouraging. The fenders felt smooth to me. But Jerry, my instructor, would smile and remind me how beautiful and sporty the car would look when it was painted and how proud I would be of my accomplishment. Jerry encouraged, and expected, me to do the job right and be proud of the finished product.

Encouragement. Who has encouraged you to succeed? To go beyond the expected? To give it all you've got and be like the subjects of those "Just Do It" Nike commercials?

My great source of encouragement is my colleagues who believed in me and prompted me to become a leader in my professional organization. When I was a child, my father instilled in me the importance of being a member of the professional organization for my chosen career. He taught me and my brother that active participation meant reading professional journals and that attending conferences and special seminars would only help me to become a better professional.

Furthermore, being an active member was a way to get closer to the cutting edge and to possibly become a leader among your peers. What type of foresight did my father have for his children? What type of foresight do your colleagues and friends have when they encourage you to seek a leadership position? …

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