How many times have you been complimented only to shoot it down and respond with a list of reasons why you don’t deserve the compliment?
Person A: You look great today?
Person B: Really. I don’t know why. I feel terrible.
Person A: You did a really good job on that presentation.
Person B: Well I just threw this together in the last minute. I barely got through it.
In both cases a simple thank you would have been sufficient. Why is it that some of us feel compelled to throw away a perfectly good compliment and reply with a self-deprecating retort. Is it so hard to see that we deserve and are entitled to the appreciation and respect of others? It isn’t. We are worth all the good things that come to us, including compliments. Even if we feel we don’t deserve them it is not our jobs to take the power of a compliment away from the one giving it. Obviously there is something in you the other person feels worthy of praise. Just accept it.
I would like to encourage all of us to appreciate and accept compliments. They are the little blessing that may not be visible to us, but are seen by others. So just take it.