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Monday, March 28, 2016

Confidence and Compliments

Continuing the discussion on Confidence.

Compliments, humility, and confidence.

The triad of doom. Or the three-way that just ain’t happening in my head.

I grew up with the distinct impression that humility was valued over arrogance or boasting.
This spawned a bizarre relationship with compliments.
I love to compliment others, but get scared to death when anyone compliments me.


Basically, notice anything you appreciate about me and I turn into a deer in the headlights.
I know what I'm supposed to say, 'thank you,' and graciously nod acknowledgement of kind remark.
However, my instinct is to deny, deny, deny--lest I come off arrogant or boastful.

If I had it my way, I wouldn't only deny, I'd spend a good half hour demonstrating my numerous flaws in order to disprove said compliment--"There! Humble, baby!"


Except this isn't humility either, and it sure heck isn't good for confidence levels.








I have gained the ability to stare lamely for less than ten seconds before the nod and thanks. It's the best I can do.


To be perfectly honest, I often say a silent prayer that no one will notice me or say anything to me, so I don't have to face this terrifying situation of how best to handle a compliment.




I'm okay with me, as long as no one points anything out.


Monday, March 21, 2016

On Confidence

I've been thinking a lot about confidence lately.


There seems to be a lot of pressure on that word.
Or maybe on our population to be defined by that word.
I'm not sure how I feel about that, and I'm going to explore it, or try to.
An effort will be made.

Points to consider:
How do you define 'confidence'?
Do you consider yourself confident?
If so, why?
If not, why?
What do you consider to be the defining traits/characteristics of a confident person?

I'd love to hear from readers about experiences with this word, viewpoints, experiments, anything that has to do with the word confidence. Lack of it, gain of it, sustaining it.


Let's turn this blog into a discussion for a little bit.
I'm curious about how we see this concept as a group, while I'll be sharing ideas of my own as this series goes on.