We live in a world where we are constantly criticizing and being criticized. Do you ever wonder what it might be like if we walked around handing out compliments instead? The worst part is, we are our toughest critics.
I haven't done a personal post in a while and if you watched my Instagram story last night, you know that February has been a tough month. I've allowed myself to get in my own head, I've fallen into the comparison game, I've questioned what I'm doing, and worst of all I couldn't stop criticizing myself.
I grew up in the dance world so I've been judged quite literally since age 8. Being a dancer taught me so much, but it made me pretty tough on myself which is both good and bad.
Maybe it's just the dreariness of February, but I felt like I lost my creative way. I started this blog as an outlet to talk about my passions, businesses I love, products I use, places I love to visit. I just feel like I've been going through the motions and forgot where I planted the seeds for Trendy in Indy. So for March I'm getting back on track and it's starting with compliments of others and myself. I thought it'd be good to share some ways to turn criticism into compliments for both others and yourself.
Stop Criticizing Others
Criticism: "Wow, how'd she get that collaboration?" (in a snarky tone)
Compliment: "Wow, that's amazing! She is killing it."
Criticism: "What is she even wearing in that photo?"
Compliment: "She has some amazing confidence in her personal style."
Criticism: "I don't understand why she edits her photos like that."
Compliment: "I love the consistency in her feed."
While these all relate to the social media, influencer world, hopefully you get my point and can apply them to your own life.
Stop Criticizing Yourself
Criticism: "I don't understand why I don't have 10K followers yet."
Compliment: "Stay in your lane, you'll get there. You've done so well so far"
Criticism: "My feed is all over the place and there's no consistency."
Compliment: "My feed makes me happy and I'm going to go with it."
Criticism: "I strongly dislike everything about today including my outfit, my hair, and my shoes."
Compliment: "I'm alive and I have the opportunity to do something awesome today."
Hopefully these phrases will inspire you to compliment a little more and stop criticizing, or at least criticize a little less.
In other good news, it's Wednesday! Only two days until another weekend.