The Confidence to Receive

We’re so quick to compliment others.

Still, most of us struggle to receive praise and kind words.

How do you respond when someone commends you on a business report, new hairstyle or an impressive run on the ski slopes?  

Do you smile and gracefully thank the other person? 😍

Or do you deflect their comments and start overtalking?

Consider this scenario: A friend says, “I love your shirt; is it new?”  

One typical response is: “Yes, I got it on clearance and saved $20. I couldn’t have afforded the full price. The car broke down last week...”😞

Another common reply: “No, I’ve had this since last year; the button’s missing from the sleeve. Gosh, I’ve gotta buy some new clothes!”  

The best answer, however, is one that is uplifting, positive and shows your own deep confidence.👈

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You smile, throw your shoulders back (even if you’re on the phone or Zoom), and proudly say: “Thank you.”   

Confident people communicate with grace and poise because they know their self-worth.

They aren’t arrogant or obnoxious. They are open to “receiving.”

And interestingly, they receive compliments, opportunities, abundance, money, lucky breaks and so much more.

They make it look easy because they aren’t chasing anything or anyone. 

They've loosened their grip on life (control!) and are open to accepting all the goodness the world has to offer.    

Allowing someone to sing your praises, pick up the tab at lunch or make an introduction is a 🎁gift🎁.

It shows that you’re open-hearted and open-minded. Telling someone you don’t want—or deserve—their kindness is doing a disservice to the world.

When I coach private clients about confidence and how to self-promote online, we always “go there”…to the self-worth story. 

Arguing instead of accepting. 🙄

So many of you have a remarkable story to share if only you could see it for yourself.

If only you could open up and share it with grace and poise.

Because someone out there is waiting to receive your message. Your lesson. Your words.  ❤

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