This morning I woke up with the topic of acknowledging yourself on my mind. I almost always get my life lessons from God early in the morning or just as I’m waking up so I’ve learned to pay attention to those things. Recently I did this strengths test with Marcus Buckingham (I will share more with you later) and you get a weekly email with a tip on how to “live” your strength. My tip for the week was: Celebrate often what you bring to the table. Hmmm…. two things on the topic within 15 minutes and I know it’s something God wants me to pay attention to.
What does “acknowledge” myself mean? Often when I come across words like this I will look up the definitions. So I did and here is the dictionary definition::
tr.v. ac·knowl·edged, ac·knowl·edg·ing, ac·knowl·edg·es
I first learned about acknowledging myself from Rhonda Britten. She wrote the book, “Change your Life in 30 Days” and used to be a life coach on the show Starting Over.
When we acknowledge our self we are focusing on the good things we do. Those things are so easily forgotten because the things we screw up on SCREAM at us. Here is what Rhonda says about acknowledgments:
Acknowledgments are all about giving yourself credit and patting yourself on the back. It’s not about acknowledging yourself if you get the results you want or how well you did something. Whenever we are taking even a tiny step forward, we are building our self-confidence. Acknowledgements literally shift how you feel about yourself. Acknowledgments build self-confidence, build self-esteem, build self-worth and build acceptance.
I have to be honest I really struggled with doing this. It felt prideful! But isn’t it just as prideful to think about how bad, or screwed up we are? Phil. 4:8 says “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” I used to do this daily and my life was different. What we focus on we become. So…. after God’s direction, I will be doing this again. I made a printable if you want to do it with me.