Too often, we downplay our accomplishments. The reasons for this are endless which makes it even more concerning:
From a young age, many of us are taught to be humble and polite. Not to get too excited when we ‘win’ because it’s rude, or not to celebrate when we do well because it might make someone else feel bad. I’m not saying we should be rubbing it in people’s faces, but we are also allowed to and entitled to be proud of ourselves.
If you put work and effort into something and you are proud of it – BE PROUD!
Don’t downplay it, share your pride and don’t feel guilty about it. You did the work, you took a chance, you made a change, whatever it is that you chose to do and put your effort and energy into deserves to be shared and celebrated.
By sharing your joy and celebrating your own achievements, you are making it OK for someone else to do the same. You are showing others that they can be proud of themselves and celebrate themselves without other people asking first or without someone else noticing it. Bring it up in conversation – when someone asks ‘what’s new’, actually tell them. Normalize actually sharing what is going on in your life and listening to what other people say when you ask them.
How much better would the world be if we all freely shared the great things we are doing or the moments that make us glow? And think of how amazing it would be if everyone else celebrated along with us?
Let’s start normalizing celebration. If your friend, family member, co-worker, or anyone in your life does something they are proud of, celebrate them and don’t let them downplay it. Let’s stop dimming our shine and instead brighten everyone’s days with feelings of joy, pride and celebration.