How to Acknowledge Others Often
NOT LONG AGO, TWO CLIENTS brought up the same situation in different contexts. One is the owner of a small business who said she doesn’t acknowledge her employees enough for all the good they do. She focuses more on what’s not working well. The other client is an upper level manager in a large corporation. She said she was glad I validated what she had been thinking because she doesn’t get this kind of acknowledgement in her work environment.
Whether at work, in our families, or with friends, most of us don’t give and receive enough acknowledgements in our daily lives. Acknowledgements are different from compliments. A compliment is about you and your opinion, “I really enjoyed your speech today.” or “1 like the colours you’ve chosen to decorate your house.” Whereas acknowledgements are about the other person and who they are,
“Your courage to remain committed to your dream is inspiring to us all” or “You have a way with colours that makes a room comfortable and inviting.” Do you see the difference? Which one would you rather receive?
People love to be acknowledged because it’s all about them and who they are. Being acknowledged helps people to flourish and thrive, and it inspires them to do even more. Acknowledging others is powerful. You’re letting people see their greatness in the words you’ve chosen to describe them. You are supporting them to live success…from the inside out.
Begin to practice this advanced style of relating today. Consciously and sincerely acknowledge two people each day at work or at home. Do this for the next seven days or until it becomes a habit. It only takes seconds, yet its impact is timeless. Make their day and yours too, by acknowledging others often.
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