In our culture, and by our culture I mean UK and much of Europe, we are reluctant to “blow our own trumpet”. We are taught this is “big headed”, boastful and arrogant. Sadly this often results in people feeling uncomfortable about owning their strengths, achievements and talents.
I would like you this week to challenge this within yourself. Get clear about your strengths. Make friends with them. Be proud of your strengths because while you acknowledge your own strengths you can also recognise them in others.
This week I have been teaching some new mentors the skills and approaches useful when mentoring and helping others. One of the things we discussed was this;
“Mentors need to role model celebrating
success and acknowledging strengths.”
Perhaps it is time for us all to realise that by acknowledging our strengths we are role modelling for others that it is okay to do so.
I do think it is okay to have some social sensitivity and to do this in a way that will be nurturing for ourselves and others. There will be appropriate times and places.
If this is uncomfortable for you here is my challenge for you, start by acknowledging your strengths to yourself. Once you have done that share your strengths with at least three people you trust. Encourage them to share theirs with you.
Let me know how you get on. And to role model let me tell you that last week on my photography course I did really well. At the end we had a little competition and I won! I’ve included my winning photograph for you to see.
Oh and by the way if you are getting too big for your boots, just get a bigger pair!!