For a long time, I struggled with receiving praise. In fact, I used to brush it away and not acknowledge it. Interestingly, I have always been a fan of constructive feedback – it’s how we improve – but when it came to praise, I struggled.
One day, a mentor of mine bailed me up and told me this needed to stop! It was rude, and because I didn’t acknowledge the praise it made others feel uncomfortable. I had no idea!
I took a deep dive into understanding why I struggled to receive praise, and discovered that it was buried deep in my childhood. I worked on loving myself first, then I began to acknowledge the praise, and finally I became grateful to those who went out of their way to say thank you and praise me for my work.
I am now able to praise others more deeply, and to encourage them to be the very best version of themselves.
Along this journey I realised the absolute best praise you can receive is this:
“You are a doer. You do what you say you are going to do regardless of how impossible it may seem.”
The reason why this is such high praise is that it demonstrates integrity and accountability. Even more importantly, it’s about your legacy!
I can promise you, receiving and acknowledging this praise doesn’t happen overnight, but if you:
- Have a clear vision
- Are driven by purpose
- Work damn hard
- Pay for good advice
- Have a relentless focus
You will achieve it!!
It’s important to be recognised as a doer. In fact, it’s critical. But you have to earn it, and to earn it you must live it!
Become a doer and an action taker, and live with purpose.