We have a tendency to brush off praise and demur when we are complimented – allow yourself to accept the good things said about you and use them to build your self-esteem and self-confidence!
These situations help remind me what I have to offer the world – my kindness, my unique visual and aesthetic appeal, or the practical skills I’ve built because of and despite my struggles.
Try this affirmation: I accept compliments with grace and gratitude.
I look at each compliment as a gift. When someone goes out of their way to be kind to me, I want to accept their gift graciously. When someone gives me a physical gift, I am always sure to say, “Thank you,” so why not feel pleased and say it when they give me the gift of praise?
When I accept compliments with grace and gratitude, I also find myself complimenting others more easily and frequently. This spreads happiness.
Like a stone dropped into a pond, when I accept a compliment, positive feelings and actions radiate out from me and touch the lives of other people.
Although I may sometimes feel tempted to brush off praise, I remember that most people are offering it authentically. They truly believe that I deserve their praise. So instead of deflecting their affirmations, I am sure to say, “Thank you.”
Today, I am gracious when receiving compliments. I am thankful each time someone chooses to give me a compliment. Each day, I practice saying, “Thank you” to praise, instead of deflecting it.
Self-Reflection Questions: Use these questions to encourage introspection and self-analysis – consider using them as journaling prompts as well…
- How do I feel when I receive a compliment?
- Can I choose to say “Thank you,” regardless of how I feel about the praise?
- How can I show grace and gratitude when someone compliments me?