Accepting Praise

Accepting Praise

Are you one of those people who brushes off a compliment, or worse yet, points out to the giver the “flaws” in your accomplishment? If so, cut it out. Think about the messages you’re sending.

You’re telling the compliment-giver their judgment is wrong—which, at minimum, is rude. You’re broadcasting—and highlighting—your insecurities. You’re turning the focus of their comment in a negative direction. Lose-lose-lose.

There’s a simple two-word solution: “Thank you.” That’s it. No need to elaborate. Taking a compliment graciously sends a powerful message to others, sets the tone for future interactions, and strengthens relationships. Oh, and don’t forget to return the favor.

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