Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that it’s really important to be able to accept a compliment. It sounds like something simple, something that is not a big deal. But whether or not a person knows how to accept a compliment speaks volumes about how they view themselves and how they view others.
I have encountered people who have responded to receiving compliments in a myriad of ways. Some people brushed off the compliments, letting them roll down their backs as though there was no way that those kind words could possibly have anything to do with them. Others gulped down the compliments that they received and used them as a springboard to launch themselves into a conversation that centered around them and only them. And then there were others still who simply froze and then eventually changed the subject.
Taking time to consider those different responses allowed me to gain some insight into each of those individuals – some were highly focused on themselves, whereas others did not give themselves enough credit. And none of them really seemed to truly know how to accept a compliment. In their own way, each of them appeared to be very uncomfortable with being complimented.
Now, I am certainly not an expert on evaluating people, but I have learned a few things here and there. And one of the many things that I have learned is that truly being able to accept a compliment points to having a healthy level of confidence and self esteem, which tends to have a positive effect on the various areas of our lives. So, the next time someone compliments you, why not take some time to evaluate your reaction? You just might learn a little something new about yourself. #lovebythedrop