Giving Yourself Props

This idea came to me on Halloween morning when my son decided to change his costume, amidst the chaos of a regular pre-school morning.  He was in indecision mode for quite a while, which would normally drive me CRAZY, because I still had lunches to make, a daughter to wake, etc….Thank goodness we found a solution that he was thrilled with and we all managed to make it to school on time.

Post drop off, I called my girlfriend out of a strong desire just to give myself props.  I could have easily been so frustrated and lost my patience but I didn’t.  I was quite proud of the fact that I navigated the scenario in a way that in retrospect didn’t embarrass me! I consciously chose in that moment to respond with patience. 

My need to share had nothing to do with ego, it was more about delight that I didn’t buckle under pressure. I stayed the course I had wanted to.

As I waited for her to pick up, the thought came to mind about the need for a website where anyone can post to give OURSELVES props.  Whatever you are proud about, for me in this instance it would have been patience in that moment.  There’s rarely anyone around who would acknowledge glorious acts of patience, but the truth is when I choose to self-acknowledge it fuels me.  I am reminded that I am being purposeful and not just responding in my auto-pilot way.

I realized that this concept to self-acknowledge isn’t limited to parenting.  It also relates to work. How often do you find yourself in a scenario that you know you’ve handled well, are proud of, but nobody has given you feedback, or you don’t have anyone to share it with out of a fear of being judged, that you have ego, etc…

If you work alone you don’t have a boss, a manager or a team to indulge you for job well done. You don’t have anyone to celebrate with you when you take a bold action.

Of course I’m not going to build a website, but truthfully would you post about what you are proud of, what you want to celebrate? What would stop you? I’d love to hear your comments below!

Culturally we aren’t encouraged to celebrate our wins, big or small, and I don’t agree. Celebrating doesn’t have to have ANYTHING to do with ego. My take is that it’s about reminding ourselves that we are doing a great job. That we are choosing to move forward, taking action on things that are important to us.  It’s all of these actions that build on top of each other that will generate the results you want and create the life you can be proud of.

Let’s start here!  I want to hear from you.  What is something you are proud of, that you want to share.  Trust that there’s NO ego or judgment here.  There will be support, championing and celebrating.  

Perhaps it might also be something to you are ready to take action on and are feeling hesitant or nervous about?  This can also be a place to tap into for support and accountability;)  (If you post you are going to do something, then trust that you’ll have to circle back to say you’ve done it!! )

What do you want to celebrate or share?

Celebrating even the smallest stuff creates moment.

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2 thoughts on “Giving Yourself Props

  1. There’s some irony in my post today. When you give yourself props, you enable others to do so as well. I just received a lovely, semi random, email from someone that I wasn’t expecting it from. I guess the saying goes “What you put out, you get back.” Have a great day!

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