If you are feeling insecure and want to improve your self-esteem, self-praise might be a good way to increase your self-esteem. In this blog, we’ll talk about the benefits of self-praise and ten ways to self-praise.
The benefits of self-praise
You may be reading this and wondering why I should praise myself. However, there are major advantages to self-praise. You get to share your successes with others, and they may be able to learn from your progress. Also, when you are enthusiastic, that feeling spreads to those that you are speaking with. So your achievement will not only make you happy, but it will make them feel better, too.
You may even inspire other people that you know to share their own personal success stories without feeling like they are being boastful. This is healthy for everyone because depending on praise from others can be futile.
The practice of self-praise can also increase your self-esteem, make others aware of your accomplishments, and make you appear much more competent than if you remain quiet about your achievements. The real you will also begin to shine because your accomplishments are integral to the person that you really are.
So, remember, it is ok to give yourself a pat on the back. Just be sure to do it the correct way. After all, self-praise can come off as really annoying if you do it wrong, and it is easy to cross that line.
As such, here are ten proper ways to praise yourself:
1. Give new information
There have been numerous studies that have proven that self-praise containing new information is more likely to have a better effect on your reputation.
For example, if a non-profit worker and a tech advisor both post on Instagram about charitable work that they have done, the latter will probably get more attention because the former is known for his or her compassionate work. In other words, when the receiving audience is aware of one’s achievements, there is no perceived benefit of self-praise.
2. Get a wing-person
If you feel pressured to share your victories at a social event, but feel shy about doing so, why not bring a friend or partner to work with you as a team. Having a cheerleader in your corner is effective because third-party corroboration makes your self-praise seem to be more likely to be true, rather than just boasting.
3. Be sure that you earned your own praise
Self-praise is a compliment that needs to be earned like any other. If you really do not feel that you should be the beneficiary of this type of credit, then you really should refrain from bestowing it on yourself because it is completely meaningless.
4. Share praise with others
If you completed a project with the help of other people, be sure to include them in your praising of yourself. Leaving them out of your positive talk can only make you appear arrogant, rude, and obnoxious.
5. Don’t always focus on yourself
Building on the previous point, be sure to recognize the successes of others outside of your own. Heap praise, when it’s due, on those that did something incredible that you had nothing to do with. Self-praise without praising others is short-sighted.
6. Self-correct as well as self-praise
Praising yourself may be an acquired art, but if you are able to master it, then you should be just as capable of recognizing your own mistakes and shortcomings. Admitting your faults means a valid learning experience for you and those around you. However, claiming perfection only breeds contempt.
7. Be enthusiastic with self-praise
Be excited and proud of your accomplishments! You earned your own enthusiasm, after all. So, if necessary, shout it from the rooftops! It is ok to be honestly proud and joyously smiling when speaking of your own success. As long as it’s done in moderation, this method is typically better received in conversation than fake humility.
8. Anticipate skepticism
Praise, including self-praise, is seldom heard in this world over all the criticism, some of which borders on insults. Because of this, others may not be accustomed to hearing such things and will go into cynical mode.
Sometimes, this can be because we are overdoing it, but other times, it may just be an experience that others are not used to. If you feel that you didn’t cross any lines, continue to toot your own horn!
9. Don’t exaggerate
Many people dislike bragging and see it as you having an inflated sense of yourself and your achievements.
Therefore, do not self-praise about any more than what actually occurred, and do not jeopardize the occasion to speak highly of yourself by exaggerating any claims and creating distrust.
10. Perform Actions that Speak Louder than your Words
If you decide to self-praise about past accomplishments, be sure that you can back up your words with future successes. If you say that you were particularly good at a task or a job in the past, but you are not showing those skills in the present, then it shows that you are more talk than anything else. It is important to use your words to give others a taste of what you can do, but you must be able to prove it in real time.
Find a good balance
In conclusion, though is generally not considered kosher to brag about your accomplishments, achievements, and successes, it is necessary sometimes to do so. You just have to be careful how you do it because we live in a culture that values humility.
However, when it is done correctly, as outlined in the ten steps above, self-praise is a wonderful thing that could be used favorably to help you get ahead.