Recognition and Affirmations

I read an article recently entitled the “Top 10 Excuses for NOT Giving Recognition. “ Of course, the purpose of the article was to dispel the “negative conditioning” that tends to go along with the excuses. Some of the excuses were: “I don’t have time”, “People don’t care about it all that much”, and my favorite, “It’s not MY job!”. Regardless of the excuse we use, let’s face it, we probably don’t give sufficient recognition to those around us. Whether it be our spouse, co-workers, friends or acquaintances we could all use more recognition. As Ken Blanchard says in The One Minute Manager, “To help people reach their full potential, catch them doing something right!”.

But there is an alternative to relying on others to give us recognition and that is affirmations.

The major benefit of both of these is that it keeps us positive and reinforces the behavior and characteristics that help us be more successful. The power of affirmations has been proven time and again and is particularly highlighted by Shad Helmstetter in his book “What To Say When You Talk To Yourself”. I use a particular formula for affirmations which is particularly effective. It starts with “I am a person who ….” By filling in the blank with something that we would like to become or have we are adding to our self-confidence and increasing the likelihood of having it occurring in our lives.

So, whenever you’re feeling down, try recognizing someone around you or reciting your affirmations to give yourself a positive boost.