It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him. (John Steinbeck, 20th century Nobel Prize winning writer)
This says a lot about expectations, doesn’t it? If someone senses that not much is expected of him or her, very likely that person won’t achieve greatness. Why should he or she strive for something others don’t think they can obtain? It would be better for us to help someone move forward by letting them know we think they can do it and encouraging them all along the way.
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them (Ephesians 4:29).