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Giving Ourselves Credit

Giving Ourselves Credit

I recently had a conversation with a group of highly intelligent women about the state of health care in the United States. These women were new acquaintances and throughout the conversation I felt as if I presented myself as the confident person I would like to be. It was a wonderful feeling.

Later that day, I realized that I wasn’t presenting myself per se. I was simply being my authentic self. This was a surprising realization for me, as someone who at times has introverted tendencies. Allowing myself to own my ideas is something I’ve been working at quite a bit lately, and the fact that I was able to do just that without even trying was a new and fantastic experience.

However, I did not give myself credit for this accomplishment right away. After the conversation, I felt as if I had simply done a better job of acting the part of a bold and confident person. It was only upon reflection that I realized I had simply shown up as my true self. As we follow the path of personal growth, it is easy to discount our achievements. But it is extremely important that we give ourselves credit for the progress we make.

 

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.

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2:57AM PDT on May 14, 2013

thanks for sharing

2:31AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Thanks for the article.

6:18AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Best advice in the article is the last two sentences!

6:00AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

They could probably tell that she was faking it, people are a lot cleverer than that. We have instincts and intuition as well as body language skills, if we all follow this advice we would be just another bunch of fakers and actors grinning with overconfidence at each other. This is a bit of advice that she should keep to herself, considering that her views will probably change in the next few months or so when it fails to be the universal panacea that it claims to be.

6:08PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

NOTED

6:08PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

NOTED

6:02PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

THANKS 4 SHARING

3:46PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

9:05AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

"But it is extremely important that we give ourselves credit for the progress we make."

I don't think it's "extremely" important to blow smoke up our own @^#, I think it's more important that OTHER people do. Happiness comes from doing a job you like but confidence comes from other people appreciating the job you did. Either they will or they won't. "Acting" confident or being phony about ANYTHING is only necessary when you're
selling snake oil, something nobody needs or wants or "religion" (same thing). THEN you have to ACT and LIE and NOT "be authentic". It's called "advertising". No "selling" is necessary if you have actually DONE a good job, selling is only necessary when you have done NOTHING and your PRODUCT is NOTHING. Think about it.


8:02AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

thanks

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