The fact is, we disappoint others when we turn away their compliments. When we refuse to stand in their spotlight. When we act small instead of right-size. When we demonstrate that we think less of ourselves then they think of us.
Certainly we don’t want – or need – to be idolized. It’s not only unhealthy, it can be dangerous.
However, we are all good at something. Many of us exceptional. And, it’s entirely appropriate, satisfying and inspiring to be able to acknowledge those areas in which we excel.
So next time you’re tempted to turn away a compliment or downplay someone’s praise, stop.
Instead, gratefully enjoy the moment and know that being a model of excellence helps others to achieve higher goals. Give simple and sincere thanks.
Then, pass it on.