When was the last time you gave yourself a compliment?
If compliments are embarrassing and make you sink back and want to disappear - you especially need to be doing this! If you argue about whether or not someone should be complimenting you or your first thought is all of the things you are doing wrong then what is really going on comes down to "deserving". Do you feel like you deserve the compliment? Do you feel like you are "good enough"?
I know because I am actually really shy! I used to hate compliments and I tried really hard not to receive them. My rebuttal would be me putting myself down or explaining why I didn't deserve it or inserting the word “but” and then explaining how I could improve for next time. I also thought that if I enjoyed compliments then it made me "full of myself" or conceited.
We all deserve compliments! It’s not like you woke up this morning and thought "I'm going to do a crappy job today and suck at everything!"
Of course you have the best intentions and want to do great things! Sometimes the things we do fall short of our expectations because we hold ourselves to a high standard, but that doesn't mean that if we get attention for our efforts then we don't deserve it.
Learning to accept a compliment from yourself is going to make it a whole lot easier to accept a compliment from others in a natural way that makes you smile rather than cringe.
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