A Simple Resolution for the New Year

Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

As the holiday season is nearly upon us, I wanted to share something that my friends and I vowed to do in 2007. Can't say I've done it each time the opportunity presented itself, but it the majority of times when I did, I FELT SO GOOD!

Most of us deflect compliments, and have been doing so since the time we were children.  I'm sure you've each been in a scenario where someone says something like, "I really like that outfit.  It looks great on you!"  It is far too common to hear in response, "Oh, this is just something I found in the back of my closet," or, "It would look a lot better if I lost 10 pounds."

Why do we do this?  More importantly, WHAT does this response tell us about ourselves?  It tells us that we aren't worthy of other people's praise.  It shows we have low self-esteem.  And if we keep telling ourselves that, it becomes WHO WE ARE.

I challenge everyone reading this to start this holiday season with a trial run.  At those holiday functions, when you get compliments on your outfits, hairdos, shoes, foods you've cooked, WHATEVER.....simply smile and say THANK YOU!  It's easier said than done.  But when you do this, you will increase your CONFIDENCE and KNOW you are WORTHY OF PRAISE


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