Mark Twain once said, “I can live two months on a good compliment.”
There is so much truth to those words.
Many years ago, I was an exhausted, under-appreciated mom, and someone paid me a compliment that changed the trajectory of my life.
This gal was my friend’s cousin. She was in town for the weekend, looking for a business partner. We met and instantly connected. At the end of my girlfriend’s party, she said, “Susan, you’d be great at what at what I do.”
That compliment kept me awake all night.
Me? Good at something other than being a mom?
I knew my family appreciated me, but I couldn’t tell you the last time someone told me dinner was delicious or they loved how neatly I folded their clean clothes.
Nineteen years ago, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life once my kids were in school. That compliment not only opened new doors but helped me walk through them with confidence and belief.
Today I am a top salesperson in my health and wellness company.
I am an author.
I am a speaker.
I am a mindset coach.
I have traveled to places I only used to dream about.
Don’t just take compliments but learn how to give them too.
In giving, you support and boost others.
In receiving, you learn humility and grace.
How to give a good compliment:
- Take an interest in others. If you watch, listen and interact with people on a deeper level, you can learn about them quickly.
- Be sincere. Everyone shines in some area of life. Point it out!
- Compliment quickly! There is no reason to hesitate or hold back your praise. I often compliment complete strangers.
How to receive a compliment:
- Accept it with a smile and say thank you! Often we downplay a compliment. When we do that, it’s like opening a gift and telling the giver you don’t like it. A compliment is a gift. Be grateful.
- Don’t feel the need to swap compliments. You’ll be stealing the giver’s thunder.
- Take it to heart. When someone sees something in you and takes a moment to point it out, it might be worth deeper consideration. Perhaps this will help you pursue something in your life where you didn’t realize you excel.
Don’t underestimate the power of a compliment.
Whether they are given or received, guaranteed, a single compliment can change someone’s life.