You’ve never looked better!
Last year I had a SLEW of New Year’s Resolutions! Topping the list was to “avoid negativity at any cost.” I was fairly successful in my endeavors. Anyone who knows me in the slightest knows you can’t fake my kind of genuine euphoria … unless chemically enhanced.
This year I’ve decided to have only ONE New Year’s Resolution … and while it sounds simplistic, it’s actually become rather difficult to maintain.
My goal is to compliment at least one person per day. Could be something simple like me applauding a co-workers’ killer boots. Could be more profound like the card I sent to my dad for his BDay.
I’m reminded every day when I take my multi-vitamin. Take one vitamin. Give one compliment. And, no … backhanded compliments don’t count. (For example, my boss got his hair cut. Check. Compliment new hair. Fail to mention it was about three weeks overdue and going grey. Check.)
Whenever anyone pays me a compliment (or I pay them to pay me a compliment), it makes my day. It’s the circle of life. It’s a good habit to get in to. Not unlike daily multi-vitamins. If someone says to me, “Have you lost weight?” – it practically makes me walk five feet off the ground. If someone says “Have you lost weight?” WHILE I have a donut in my mouth … its helps me reach Nirvana.
Here at PForm, we see it all the time with our clients! Why? Because in the world of career colleges, compliments are mandatory. Kids who have been told “you can’t, you won’t” need to hear “you can and good job” on a daily basis. It’s phenomenal to watch guidance counselors mold incoming students in to tomorrow’s healthcare protégé or business apprentice.
So the next time you admire someone’s new smock, tell ‘em. If someone has just stopped smoking, give ‘em kudos. If they’re going back to school, high-fives all around! Whether it’s a pat on the back or props, it’s the little things that make people’s day. Thus, the next time my mom makes her Brussels Sprout Surprise, I’ll be sure and tell her how much I enjoy it. Provided I’m two states away and I tell her by phone.
See how easy that was? Piece of cake! Or rather, slab of Brussels Sprout Surprise.