Home > Personal > Encouraging and Motivating by Letter

Encouraging and Motivating by Letter

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 5 Feb 2016 | comments*Discuss
Letter Of Encouragement Letter Of

From time to time we all need a little bit of encouragement and motivation from our friends, family or work colleagues and a written letter of encouragement or motivation can often mean even more to us than by simply telling us face-to-face as we can always refer back to the letter over and over again if we ever need a morale boosting lift.

Letters of encouragement can offer comfort to us if we’ve been hit by a personal setback or disappointment or if we’ve been suffering with ill health. They can also be used to motivate people in the workplace. For example, a letter of motivation might be sent to an employee to increase sales performance further after a particularly fruitful month or to spur co-workers on to even greater accomplishments.

How to Write the Letter

Whether for personal or professional purposes, these types of letters are expected to be positive so they should focus on a person’s achievements or what can be achieved. In these cases, the letter should be sent soon after the particular achievement has been gained as it can be a further spur to do even better next time and drive home just how well a person has done in the hope that they will strive even harder to achieve more.

However, in the case of a letter offering encouragement to a person who has suffered a personal setback, written correctly, the letter can be an even greater driving force in helping the recipient overcome their disappointment and move forward following the setback. As well as being a motivating force, you can also offer help and advice in these kinds of letters, if you feel it’s appropriate and humour can also be used, where you feel the recipient might appreciate it.

The letters can be written formally or informally, depending upon the circumstances and your relationship with the recipient but they should always be positive and leave the recipient feeling optimistic and motivated.

Here is an example of a letter to a work colleague who is off work sick following a road accident.

Dear Dennis,

I was shocked to hear about your road accident when I came into work today and about the extent of your injuries. I just wanted to write to say that I’m thinking of you and know that you are a ‘fighter’ and that two broken legs aren’t going to keep you down for too long. In fact, I’m sure you’ll be back kicking lumps out of all the blokes at the weekly 5-a-side football matches before we know it.

You must be in a lot of pain right now but, knowing you, once that subsides, you’ll be screaming for the crutches to get out of bed and you’ll be hopping around the hospital grounds in no time. Knowing you, you’ll probably try to escape!

I called your brother and he told me that, apart from your other minor injuries, the fractures were clean breaks so at least that should motivate you and enable you to start your physiotherapy before too long. You know that the whitewater rafting and camping trip is only 4 months away now so you should tell yourself that you’re going to be ready for that as the trip won’t be the same without you being there - even if it’s just me being selfish because you cook the best camp food!

Anyway, I’ll be home at the weekend so I’ll pop in to see you and bring you a bunch of grapes or something. Make sure you put clean pyjamas on!! Ha Ha!

If you need me too do anything or want me to bring in any of your belongings to hospital for you, just call me.

Take care my friend, get well soon and I’ll see you on Saturday.

Lots of love,


You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
I want to ask help how to write my personal letter to the official that I want my fiancee to retire or leave war zone and want him back for our marriage
anjie - 5-Feb-16 @ 10:40 PM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • muhammad ammar bin m
    Re: Inviting Somebody into a Group or Club
    Dear Aqlan, How are you? I hope you're fine. I would like to invite you to this club. it's cupcake club. In…
    21 October 2019
  • ssa
    Re: Letter to Insurance Company Placing a Claim
    I need a letter format of prolong stay in hospital for submit mediclaim
    26 September 2019
  • Petition for Rights
    Re: Writing to Your MP
    This is an extremely helpful website, I am a 15 year old student who is writing a letter to my MP to hopefully get the attention of parliament…
    20 September 2019
  • Esperanza
    Re: Writing to Your MP
    I would like a letter sample to write to the local MP regarding my concerns for my sons diagnosis test. The hassle I’ve had with CAHMS not…
    2 September 2019
  • Kibob
    Re: Letter to a Judge to Defend my Case?
    In my opinion, you all are educated idiots. The law is law, policy is policy, which. we have to much of! WE WILL MAKE…
    28 August 2019
  • Heat67
    Re: Writing a Letter of Complaint to Your Bank
    I need help with a letter to Barclays Bank , my husband and I had a joint account we split up And I had to get…
    20 August 2019
  • Rana
    Re: Writing to Your MP
    I wanted a sampleletter to our local MP for transfer from Lakhimpur to Rangia railway station
    19 August 2019
  • Shrimpy
    Re: Writing to Your MP
    Hi i wrote a letter to Matt western I need to know where to send it please concerns offer buying and selling houses and the process is wrong
    12 August 2019
  • dulla
    Re: Letter of Complaint to the Council
    Road name of Our residence use by couple of places in our Local Council so need to write a letter to Chairman of the…
    8 August 2019
  • Sam
    Re: Writing to Your MP
    I want a sample letter to our local MP for transfer/change of working zone from pune to Delhi on the bases of father's health
    3 August 2019