“I can live two months on one good compliment.” – Mark Twain
In the cafeteria line yesterday, Donnie (a neighbor and coworker) told me he really liked my story on “those Charolais cattle.” Donnie raises Charolais himself, but I never took him to be a reader. I was so honored that he read my post. My joy was enhanced as he said, “I like what you said. I’m gonna read some more.”
My head was so big; they had to add a second line to the lunch cue.
Donnie reminded me how important it is to share our appreciation for the efforts of others.
As in Mr. Twain’s quote above, I find greater inspiration when I know my work has been enjoyed.
What motivates you to create, write, or work harder?
Compliments are terrific motivators.
Today I encourage your to supply motivation in two ways.
- Remind yourself of a time you received a compliment. Feel pride in that job well done and use that confidence in your current endeavors.
- Compliment others that you encounter. Sharing your enjoyment of their attire or efforts will make the day brighter for them and give you a positive intent. Feel good about making others feel better.
Any time we can put positive purpose behind compliments and add energy to appreciation shown is a GOOD time. Get out there and discover things to appreciate in others and share that gratitude. Give them two months worth of confidence from a single moment of recognition.
By: Melanie A. Peters
P.S. You are a terrific judge of high quality blog posts. I am so glad you read this one!