What are your greatest strengths? What is it that you do well, almost without needing to think about it? What task or process or action can you perform with ease?
Hold that thought. Keep it in mind as you review the following questions:
How many times have you apologized for that strength? How many times have you downplayed your strength(s)? How many times have you felt that you could not celebrate what you did because someone else responded adversely?
If you’ve experienced any of the circumstances listed above, you aren’t alone. Many have felt like you do. I certainly have felt like this. When that happened, I downplayed what I did. I minimized my strength to make the other person feel better. You know what resulted? Nothing beneficial. It didn’t work, and you know why. We can only control ourselves. What that person feels when you display a strength is up to them, not you.
Celebrating your strength(s) is a wonderful way to acknowledge your accomplishment(s). It allows you to look at what you’ve done, or what you are doing, and congratulate yourself for your progress. In that space, confidence is built. Resolve is solidified. Your core of strength is fortified.
If you think such a celebration is arrogant or unnecessary, I suggest you rethink your position. You deserve a moment to revel in your strengths. You don’t need to scream your achievement from the rooftop, but if someone tells you that you did well, thank them. If someone tries to downplay or belittle your achievement, let them know you disagree. Then, go have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine or an ice cream and celebrate yourself.
You are worth it.