Standing Ovations

When did you receive your last standing ovation?

Can you recall how great it felt to be recognized for something well done? Can you feel the glow spread over you, the flush of warmth from toe to head, the butterflies forming in your belly and fluttering up to burst out on your face as a big smile? Do you recall if the twinkle in your eyes came from tears of pride, joy or surprise? Can you reimagine the vibration of applause that made your heart beat a little faster?

Is it easy for you to recreate the joyful feeling of recognizing that you are truly deserving of the attention and appreciation?

The physical and emotional reactions to praise, thunderous applause, a hearty pat on the back, even a sincere “At-a-Girl!” have positive and enduring effects on our physical and mental well-being.

I don’t think we give ourselves credit often enough. We just keep doing, working, caring for, delivering, getting it done, serving, striving and so on. Day after day, sometimes year after year, we go on without acknowledging how great out we are, the marvelous accomplishments that we’ve had, the gifts that we bring to the world.

Accepting thanks and praise are healthy behaviors and essential skills of conscious and confident living. I recommend that you practice these habits!

Here are a few suggestions to get your started:

  • Regularly refresh and reuse memories of standing ovations and recognitions. This practice is especially helpful during times of challenge, self-doubt and change.
  • Accept praise graciously and stand in the spotlight proudly! Rejecting the cheers and dismissing the applause is inconsiderate of your fans and followers.
  • Be alert to opportunities to applaud others that deserve it! Silent appreciation of someone else’s efforts doesn’t benefit you or them. Exercise your giving and receiving ‘muscles’ equally to maintain a strong core.
  • Write out a “50 things I love about myself” list and review it regularly.
  • Without ego, think about how receiving awards and distinctions helps you to become a stronger person, build a more sustainable business and to inspire and elevate others.

The following is one of my favorite inspirational quotes that reminds me why it is important to stand in the spotlight and give my very best performance every day;

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marianne WilliamsonA Return to Love

Take a bow!

Isabel Banerjee