Ever so often someone actually congratulates me on my work, tells me they like what I am doing and/or compliments me on something I have achieved. I politely thank them and smile. Deep inside I’m laughing to myself, talking down my accomplishments and successes. Lately, I have started to approach this a little differently, though. Namely by actually starting to appreciate my successes.
Learning to Appreciate your success
I find it extremely hard to appreciate whatever success I have. When someone tells me it’s great that I have a fulltime job and a Bachelor’s degree at only 23, I’m telling myself that “it’s not medicine or anything useful”. When someone says they love my blog, I secretly think they must confuse me. And when I’m told that I did a great job at work I assure myself that they only say that so I won’t start crying.
I have a hard time appreciating and acknowledging what I can and what I achieve and I desperately need to stop this toxic behavior towards myself. When everyone around me is celebrating me I start to think about how I have no idea what I actually am doing instead of chiming in and telling everyone how great I am.
Now I think that too much self-confidence isn’t healthy, either. However, I very much consider a healthy ability to self-reflect to be absolutely essential for both successes in your career and personal life. If you don’t even believe in yourself, who else will? And if you don’t pat yourself on the back for achieving something, how do you expect to advance in life.
Speaking of patting myself on the back, I want to talk about an incredible thing that has recently happened to me. Because – and now please y’all sit down – I had been nominated (and I wanted to write “somehow” here) for the Austrian blogger award in the category lifestyle. So far, I have made it in the final four and I would very much appreciate your vote.
This is so incredibly humbling to me. But also shows me that what I do is not only fun for me, but also has an effect on others. And I don’t want to ignore that anymore for fear of losing – I want to embrace that nomination and celebrate it. It doesn’t happen often that your name pops up in a list to vote for and I am very much grateful for that.
So now… I’m just a girl, standing in front of her audience… asking you to vote for me in this award so I can bring that trophy home (is there even a trophy) and finally celebrate myself a bit. Full with champagne shower and dancing on the tables. Video will follow if I win ;)
YOU CAN VOTE HERE (once a day) and I’d really really appreciate your support