Someone likes your new hair cut and they say ‘hey YOU, I love you hair, you look great!’ what do you say?
Are you immediately minimising it. Ah, it’s nothing.
Or do you deny it? No, it’s not, it’s SO frizzy.
Or do you simply say thank you. Thank you. Nothing more. Nothing less. Just, thank you. As in you take the compliment. Do you accept it like the gift it is. Compliments ARE gifts. It’s rude to deny them, refuse them or thrown them back in the person’s face.
If I was to hand you a beautifully wrap, considered and meaningful gift for your birthday what would you do? I would hope, given you’re all such lovely things, that you would accept it graciously and say thank you. Imagine now that I gave you that gift and you said no thanks and handed it back. Or worse said ‘Ugh gifts, yuck’.
Treat compliments the same way. That’s your challenge today. No matter how awkward you are, how shy or embarrassed or sure that they are WRONG you are, just say thank you. Smile, look them in the eye and say thank you. Mean it, what a wonderful gift.
And what does this have to do with confidence? Well everything. To be able to look someone in the eye and say thank you when they compliment you takes confidence. Confidence that you won’t appear vain or up yourself. It takes confidence to acknowledge that yes there is something wonderful about you and you’re a little bit glad someone noticed. I bet for some of you this post even makes you a bit awkward. So awkward. Well, time to get over it. Haha.