When someone finds you brilliant, peaceful, or attractive, accept their opinion rather than your own.
~ Alan Cohen
Here’s another Alan Cohen quote. I just love Alan Cohen! I particularly like this quote because I’m always surprised when people compliment me because usually I’m bashing myself with my own negative self-talk and my internal chatter.
I had read this quote the morning of a day when I was repeatedly complimented on my smarts and my looks. I finally decided to take this quote to heart and accept these other opinions of me. It felt so good!
I inherently know that I’m pretty and I know that I’m bright, and I definitely am very gracious in accepting compliments with a simple Thank You. But I know I don’t often BELIEVE them. Or I find that my other (perceived?) flaws way way overshadow those positive aspects of myself. And I don’t think I’m alone in this. I think a great many of us have so much negative self-talk going on that we often can’t see the absolute truths about ourselves. And that’s sad. Truly.
So, starting today, I’m going to try to silence that booming voice in my head that quashes all the compliments and instead I’m going to repeat Alan’s quote until it is drilled into my stubborn head! I think my life will be so much more enjoyable if I do. How about you? Does your internal chatter deter you from the truth??