How are you with compliments? Can you accept them or do you do that thing where you feel duty bound to reject them by qualifying them with some balancing statement (e.g. ‘you look great!’ ‘oh no, this is just something I threw on and my hair’s not been washed in days’)?
If I could do one thing to change the world it would be to teach everyone how to accept a compliment with gratitude. It could transform everything! Imagine a world where everyone could accept that someone else has something nice to say to them? How crazy would that be?
There is a perfectly good reason for not being able to accept a compliment. It’s so that you can maintain your crappy view of yourself inside your head. Simple as that. The rejection of a compliment is a perfect example of your mind’s ability to ignore anything it feels conflicts with your established view of the world. Does that make sense?
You believe the world is flat. Someone says the world is round. If your belief system is strong enough, your mind can, and more than likely will, simply reject that reality. It does it all the time.
So, if you find you can’t accept a compliment, what is it that you believe about yourself that is so powerful that prevents you accepting, whole heartedly, that you are amazing, beautiful, perfect and, above all, a kick ass person to know? And why the hell would you believe that about yourself?!
It’s time to accept that you are amazing, beautiful, perfect and, above all, a kick ass person to know. So from now on I want to give you the special compliment mantra. This is the important phrase you will say from now on every time someone says something nice to you. It’s really important so you might want to write it down. Ready? The phrase is…’Thank You’
Do it. Every time. It will make you feel amazing. Ready for practice…
You are amazing, beautiful, perfect and, above all, a kick ass person to know. Your response?