Before we begin this very serious post, I thought I’d share this image with you:
Cute, right? It made my day. OK. Let’s get down to business.
Confession time: I don’t give myself enough credit.
It’s true. I spend a lot of time brushing off compliments and talking down on my achievements. It’s easy to become demotivated when you think that you aren’t good enough — what I didn’t realize is that the way I talk to and about myself reflects and influences the way I see myself, whether or not I’ve realized it in the past. I’m afraid that I don’t deserve to be confident in what I’ve accomplished because for a long time, I believed that my achievements were not good enough.
That’s all going to change. There are three things that I plan on doing more that (I hope) will affect the way I see myself and the way that I interact with the world around me. If you’ve mastered these things, that’s awesome! If not, please try them with me.
- Stop comparing myself to other people.
- Be more generous with genuine kindness and compliments to others.
- Be more generous with genuine kindness and compliments to myself.
- Last — and definitely the most difficult for me — talk to myself. Verbally acknowledge my achievements and understand that I am, in fact, worthy of praise.
This has been me, venting to you, my U of T family. It’s all honesty and love here, right?
Here’s one more picture of a cute cat for the road:
2 comments on “Credit Where Credit is Due”
But this post really describes me as of now; tip number 1 especially, struck me hard. We all know it’s bad, but I wonder why it’s in human nature to compare ourselves to others… does it help us survive or something?
Hi Anne! I don’t know – I don’t think comparing ourselves to others is ALWAYS a bad thing, but I like to remind myself that I never know the full story/journey that another person is going through. Now, instead of “comparisons”, I look at the people that I admire and take lessons from their story.
And cats. Yes. Always. 🙂