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The Art of Accepting Compliments and Recognition

I hope this message finds you thriving and ready to take on the rest of the week with vigor. Today, I want to touch on a topic that resonates deeply with many of us: Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and the Art of Accepting Compliments and Recognition.

Recently, I had the honor of being featured by GDA Speakers as a "home run speaker pick." It was an exhilarating moment that brought with it a mix of pride and the hesitancy that sometimes accompanies public recognition. This experience led me to reflect on an important component of EQ: self-regard.

Self-regard is about knowing your worth and embracing your achievements. It's also about sharing these accomplishments without feeling boastful. Here’s how we can do this with grace:

1. Acknowledge the Team: When accepting praise, acknowledge the contribution of others. "Thank you! I'm proud of what we achieved together."

2. Reflect Gratitude: Express your gratitude for the recognition. "I am truly honored by this recognition and grateful for the opportunity to contribute."

3. Share the Journey: Instead of just showcasing the accolade, share the journey that got you there. This not only highlights your humility but also inspires others.

4. Use it to Motivate: Let your achievements motivate others. "I hope my story encourages others to pursue their passions and celebrate their own successes."

5. Keep it Balanced: While it’s important to celebrate wins, maintaining a balance in what you share helps keep things in perspective.

Sharing our achievements doesn’t have to feel like bragging. It’s a celebration of hard work and dedication, not just for ourselves but for those who support us—our raving fans. And remember, those who truly care for us and value our journey are always excited to celebrate with us. They are our cheerleaders in every step of our growth.

This Week’s Challenge: Next time you receive a compliment or accolade, try using one of the approaches above. Notice how it feels to accept praise with humble pride and the positive impact it has on those around you.

Remember…..Next time you get a nice compliment: 

Smile. Say “Thank You, that means a lot. You made my day and I appreciate YOU.” 

Most of all - keep shining your beautiful light! Be who you came to be.


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