We love to receive compliments, especially when we’re having a bad day or struggling with something. A simple compliment can instantly change the mood we’re in.
The challenge people face is knowing what to say on a regular basis so that giving compliments becomes a habit. As one of the laws of the universe states that in order to receive, we must be willing to give first.
People respond differently to compliments so it’s important to know when a compliment is appropriate and when it’s not. One of my mentors often says people are walking around with a sticker on their foreheads that says, “Please appreciate me.”
The best compliments are often the ones least expected and expressed with authenticity. I remember many years ago, I was enrolled in a Business Management course, and one of the activities the students had to complete was to create a business plan based on the products and services they offered.
As I was still very new to business, I didn’t really know what I would be offering, so I created a matrix of products and services based on what I wanted to offer in the future, some of them many years down the track. At that time, I didn’t really know any better.