Your Response to Compliments Reveals Your Inner Beliefs

gratitude self-worth Nov 27, 2023
Illustration of Charis Santillie receiving a compliment as a gift
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🎧 👉 Prefer audio? You can also listen to me share about this in podcast episode #085 here.

Have you ever found yourself struggling to accept compliments? You may be surprised to realize that you deflect or dismiss them more than you know. Many of us have a hard time giving ourselves credit and truly accepting compliments. And what does this say about your inner beliefs?

In some recent conversations, I've come across a recurring theme — individuals who struggle with receiving compliments. It made me realize that our response to compliments can reveal a lot about how we truly think about ourselves.

When you dismiss or deflect compliments, you are essentially telling yourself that you don't deserve them. It's a reflection of the beliefs you hold within yourself. Perhaps you have a hard time accepting praise because, deep down, you don't feel worthy or deserving of it. This can be connected to feelings of inadequacy or a lack of self-confidence in some areas of your life.

So, why is it important to pay attention to how you respond to compliments? Well, how you think about yourself directly affects how you live your life. If you constantly downplay your achievements and dismiss compliments, you are limiting your own growth and potential. You are denying yourself the recognition and validation that you deserve.

It's time to change your mindset and start accepting compliments graciously. When someone pays you a compliment, take a moment to pause and simply say, "Thank you." Resist the urge to deflect or turn the attention elsewhere.

Acknowledge the gift that someone is giving you and allow yourself to genuinely receive it. 

Have you ever given someone a gift and noticed that they really weren't truly appreciative of it? How did that feel? Not so good, right?! That's essentially what happens when you don't truly receive a compliment. 

By accepting compliments with gratitude, you not only honor yourself but also acknowledge the efforts of the person giving you the compliment. By fully receiving the compliment, you show respect for the person who took the time to acknowledge you.

What about responding to a compliment by giving a compliment? People can often sense that you are trying to quickly even the score.

If you find it challenging to accept compliments without a dismissive response or deflection, it may be a sign that there are underlying beliefs that need to be addressed. Use this opportunity to learn more about yourself and the beliefs that are holding you back. Take it as a signal to go deeper into your own self-worth and explore why you feel uncomfortable accepting praise.

Your response to compliments reveals your inner beliefs. It's time to break free from the habit of deflecting compliments and start embracing them with sincere gratitude. Remember, compliments are a gift, and by accepting them wholeheartedly, you are honoring yourself and those who recognize your worth. Embrace your achievements, cherish your talents, and allow yourself to fully receive the praise and recognition that you deserve.

I hope you've enjoyed reading this blog post. If you found it valuable, please consider sharing it with friends and family. Don't forget to subscribe to my podcast and follow me on social media for more insights and inspiration. And always remember, you are worthy of every compliment that comes your way.


“A compliment is a gift. Don't throw it away!” 

– Jane Travis


🎧 👉 Prefer audio? You can also listen to me share about this in podcast episode #085 here.


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