Hoot and Holler for Others

Everyone loves to hear praise.

It helps you stay motivated and inspired.

Giving praise takes practice, so here are some simple ways to improve your skills:

1. Start to notice the small stuff. We often find fault in those around us for these little nitpicky things.  Why not shift your focus to look for the small improvements that people around you are making? “Thanks for bringing in the trash cans!” “Thanks for holding that door for me.”

2. Give good feedback. Sometimes we try too hard and we don’t sound like we really mean it. Start from the heart.  Notice those around you. Really look at them and look for the value they bring to the meeting or interaction. Then thank them for it. Even those who are critical of your ideas are offering a different perspective. Learn to appreciate it.

3.  Do it more often than not. We tend to be stingy when it comes to praising others. When you can, give praise in a public place, it goes a long way. If you’re a leader of any group, be sure to acknowledge all of your team members.  If someone originated an idea, acknowledge him or her, even if they are not in the room. Great ideas originate somewhere, so give credit where credit is due.

4.  Equal but different. Everyone needs to feel valued. It’s our diversity of thinking and being that makes for such an awesome world. You might be the one comment in a person’s day that helps them shift from looking down to looking slightly more up. Find something to say or do everyday, wherever you go, to help those around you recognize their worth or efforts.

5. Remind yourself of your value. When we walk out into the world without a sense of our own worth, we end up looking for reminders in every moment, which takes us out of the giving stance. It’s hard to acknowledge others if inside you feel like #@*&^.  Sit down, close your eyes and listen in to the voice of love from the universe that is speaking to you in every moment, no matter what’s happening around you.

Your praise makes a difference creative genius, so spread it far and wide.


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