Own it “accept yourself fully, both your strengths and weaknesses, and live life without regrets or apology.”
~Scott Barry Kaufman
Years ago, I remember a friend saying, “Don’t play takeaway” when someone gives you a compliment or when speaking about your accomplishments.
For instance, instead of saying, “oh, this old thing” when someone compliments your clothing or “anyone can do that” when your creative talents are recognized, just own it and say “thank you.”
May sound easy to embrace wonderful acknowledgements but downplaying ourselves is often a habit.
There is nothing arrogant about accepting a compliment or feeling proud of ourselves about some aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, many of us think we are being conceited or full of ourselves if we express satisfaction about something we have done or are doing.
Humility is a beautiful quality but is quite different than putting ourselves down or minimizing any positive acknowledgments that are directed our way.
Do you catch yourself diminishing aspects of who you are? How would you like to own it today?
Pay attention to the words you use when someone pays you a compliment or asks about your life. Be sure not to sell yourself short!
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