I’m not one who likes being in the spotlight.
Which is weird, right?
I have this blog where my face is plastered everywhere and yet I shy away from being the center of attention.
Whenever someone mentions they like my blog or really enjoyed a recent post, I meekly say thank you and scurry away before any other compliments are given.
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate all the success I’ve had so far and the love I get from everyone. But the amount of attention that comes with it makes me feel – oddly enough – kinda embarrassed.
It’s a weird catch-22.
You create something amazing, everyone is congratulating you, and you’re ecstatic!
But instead of celebrating your greatness with everyone, you find yourself holding back.
You don’t want to appear smug or as if you’re gloating about your accomplishments.
So you say things like ‘Oh, it’s not that big of deal’ or you point out things that so-and-so did that are waaaaay above and beyond what you’ve just accomplished.
Ever so slowly making your great work seem smaller and smaller.
Have you ever done this?
I know I have.
We’ve been conditioned to think any sort of self-celebratory act is boastful or characteristic of being pretentious.
So you tell yourself you don’t want to get a big head. There’s still more that can be done, you’re not at the finish line yet.
You continue your work, creating something just as great – or even better.
You finish, receive praise and again you try and make it seem smaller than it is.
And the cycle continues, you create great work but never fully celebrate your accomplishments.
Never fully enjoying and appreciating all the hard work you put in.
Well, that’s going to stop right here.
I’m telling you now:
Whoop! Holler! Dance! Swing!
You deserve to celebrate your greatness! If you keep making yourself and the work you do seem small, then people will stop noticing.
And that’s not fair to you or the world.
So shout it out loud!
Anything you create, big or small, is worth sharing – you never know the impact it will have on another person.
And know – as we celebrate and share our greatness it inspires others to celebrate and share their own.
Be proud of what you create – because no one can create it like you.
So I’m going to ask – what accomplishments should you be celebrating?
Share with me in the comments.
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