Recognising your achievements, however small you might think they are, is one way of propelling your confidence to another level…
Have you noticed how many people play down their achievements?
I remember on a recent training course I ran when one of the delegates said she didn’t like to highlight her strengths or be recognised for her achievements. When I asked why she said it made her feel totally uncomfortable. I spoke with her briefly at the end of the course and she certainly left with a more open mind around accepting compliments for her hard work but it wasn’t something she had ever been encouraged to do.
The sad truth is so many people feel the same way, discomfort at having good things said to them or about them. And quite often it is because of the pre-installed belief that if you praise yourself and acknowledge your abilities you are bragging.
Sorry, but in my book, that is rubbish! Every achievement you have in life, from getting through exams to winning the job you go for, to speaking in front of a group of people for the first time, is worth acknowledging and celebrating. They are milestones in your growth and if everyone spent a bit more time focusing on those things as oppose to the things that went wrong and their weaknesses, there would be far happier people around.
Boasting and recognising what you do well are not one and the same. No one wants to hear from the person that just goes on and on about how great they are in a ‘me, me, me’ fashion but people are inspired by stories of individuals overcoming fears and obstacles to achieving a goal. And when you inspire others what do you do? Give them a sense of hope, a new belief that maybe, just maybe, they too can achieve something.
So what are you waiting for? What achievements are you going to share to inspire others? And how are you going to celebrate?
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4 Comments Add yours
It’s important to “fly our own flag” at appropriate times, such as job interviews, but I would caution against “tooting our own horns.” Better to let others sing our praises. Totally agreement on the point that we should feel comfortable accepting praise. I often say (or write) “Thank you for your kind words” when someone pays me a compliment. I think it is a gracious way of accepting them. Keep up the good work on this blog!
Thanks for your comment Ingrid. It’s good to hear other peoples opinions and I love that you are comfortable with accepting compliments and graciously do so…
I think good parenting is an achievement that is often overlooked and undervalued in our society. Ironically, I often want to celebrate it by taking a break from the kids! LOL
I hear that and second it Charlotte, loud and clear!