Recently, I started a new job writing TV scripts. Let's just say it's something I haven't done a lot of (Code for: I'm making lots of mistakes). Combined with my self image issues, I felt like I was full of suck. Two things made me feel better:
- A coworker who I've only known for a week coming up just to tell me that I was doing a good job.
- A text message from one of my creative directors that simply said, "No one gets there alone. Love your attitude and enthusiasm."
Small gestures make a big impact
Why is it compliments from those you don't know feel better than those from family and close friends? I would venture to say that it's because those who don't know you have nothing to gain by giving you a compliment, and it just doesn't happen as often.
Think about it, when was the last time you were stopped by a coworker or someone on the street who complimented you on something? I bet it caught you off guard, but it instantly made you smile and feel better about yourself. Compliments may just be the original surprise and delight campaign.
Make someone feel better every day
I don't think I'm the only one who feels like this. And, since compliments are free, take seconds, and mean so much, why not do it more often?
So, I'm going to give at least one compliment a day to a coworker, acquaintance, or stranger. To make it stick, I created a recipe on IFTTT that sends me a text message every day as a reminder. If you want to join me in making one person smile each day, give it a try by activating the recipe below.