Have you ever found yourself feeling as though you’re simply not valued?
Maybe it’s at work, and it seems as though no matter what you do or how hard you try, you can’t win.
Maybe it’s in your relationship, and you’re sick of feeling like you’re not good enough.
Maybe it’s in a friendship, and you’re constantly giving but never receiving.
Whatever the circumstance may be, feeling inadequate and unappreciated really sucks, and it’s super discouraging.
While I do not believe we should be praised and recognized for every little thing we do, I do believe we deserve acknowledgement every once in a while. As the saying goes, “give credit where credit is due.” Excessive praising can lead to entitlement and a sense of superiority, but little to no praising can lead to solidarity and anger, depending on the person and the situation.
There’s a fine line between too much and too little acknowledgement, and it’s important to know where this line lies. Do I have a perfect solution as to how to go about identifying this line?
I wish I did, but it’s not that easy, and the line can vary depending on the circumstance.
Essentially, knowing when and when not to give credit is really important when it comes to relationships in almost all environments and settings. For example, if you find that you’re working your buns off at work, and have been for a while, but nothing is recognized or appreciated, it may be time to speak up and mention it to your boss. In contrast, if you’re helping out around the house and your mom forgets to thank you for unloading the dishwasher, keep your mouth shut. Not only will you likely get a lickin’, but this in comparison to large-scale situations doesn’t quite measure up.
At the end of the day, know your worth and stay true to it. Don’t tolerate bullying, but don’t get too big for your britches, either. Everything in moderation, right?
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