I was just thinking about the importance of compliments; they hold a certain kind of POWER if you ask me. I think it is safe to assume that while growing up we all have been met with at least one compliment: “Nice hair, cute smile, love your voice etc.”
Everyone wants to feel loved and compliments are so amazing with boosting ones self-esteem and are just encouraging and motivating to others! Those “Like” buttons here and on Facebook, Instagram & Youtube as well as other social network places help many who have not been as confident to continue being who they are because somewhere there is a community of people who will appreciate and like what you share or even how you look, whatever the case may be. We all know that compliments feel really good. However, what happens when you share a part of yourself with others, or you get a new haircut or create a new piece of art or try a new outfit or gain or lose weight or…(insert here) and you don’t receive any compliments or worse, instead receive criticism? What happens to you on those days when you feel like you really need one?
Do we stop what we love doing? Should we dress for someone else? Should we stop creating? Do we take that picture or post down? Do we stop being ourselves?
It all comes down to self-confidence!
According to dictionary.com Confidence is defined as the following:
- Full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or
- belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance
You have to keep loving yourself and believing in yourself even if you feel like no one else does. You have to keep pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone to learn more about yourself and realize that you are amazing and that you can make it and that your thoughts and art and whatever else is valued and loved, even if it is just by you…there is POWER in that. Self-confidence for many is a life long journey; it definitely is for me and I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way and continue to do so. You have to love yourself every step of the way. I like to remind myself that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made” (taken from Psalm 139:14) so my confidence comes from believing God’s word but so are you!
There will always be someone who’s not feeling you for whatever reason but as long as you feel good about you that is really what matters the most. Your THOUGHTS are POWERFUL! So today give yourself a compliment that you never received before or maybe have wanted to hear and keep shining!
Peace & ❤