Words relevant to “Encourage” – inspiration, cheer, motivation, strength, excitement, support, hope and confidence
- We were encouraged to learn foreign languages at school.
- The council is encouraging the development of the property for both employment and recreation.
- They’ve always encouraged me in everything I’ve wanted to do.
- The best way to encourage him was to disagree.
1) Phrases to use when someone hasn’t started yet.
You can say following phrases to someone who’s trying to decide whether to do something that seems difficult or risky:
- Give it a try.
- Go for it.
- Why not?
- It’s worth a shot.
- What are you waiting for?
- What do you have to lose?
Your roommate sees a job opening. She seems like she wants the job, but she’s hesitating to apply for it. You think she should go ahead and apply.
- You might as well.
Your sister will be able to finish school a year early if she takes a few extra difficult classes, but isn’t sure if she should. You think it’s a good idea.
- Just do it.
2) Phrases to use when someone is already doing well
You can “encourage” someone to continue doing what they were already doing:
- There you go!
- Keep it up!
One of your employees is doing a great job, so you encourage her to continue.
- Keep up the good work!
You are a coach for your daughter’s soccer team. Your team won a match and everyone played well.
- Good job!
- I’m so proud of you.
3) Phrases to use when someone is having trouble
These phrases are ways to tell someone to keep trying:
- Hang in there!
- Don’t give up!
- Keep pushing!
- Keep fighting!
- Stay strong!
- Never give up!
- Come on! You can do it!
- I’ll support you either way.
- I’m behind you 100%
- I’m totally up to you.
- It’s your call.
You’re helping your girlfriend shop for a used car. She finds a car that she might want to buy, but she’s not sure if it’s a good choice. She can’t make up her mind.
4) Phrases to inspire people
You wouldn’t use these phrases often in regular conversation, but in writing or speeches they sound very inspirational:
- Follow your dream!
- Reach for the stars!
- Do the impossible!
- Believe in yourself!
- The sky is the limit!