Covey tells us that most people are highly influenced by the social mirror. He tells us that we can help to positively influence them by mirroring a true reflection of who they are without the distortion that they would otherwise get from other people. We can help to affirm their proactive nature and validate them in all their other positive qualities.
If you’re not sure how this works; simply think back to a time when you’re life or situation turned around because someone believed in you when you didn’t believe in yourself. Now, imagine you are doing the same thing for someone else. You aren’t encouraging anyone to be lazy or irresponsible. You are encouraging them to become proactive and take charge of things. Now, that’s pretty cool isn’t it?