Many of us will only boast about our successes at work before we admit the challenges that we have to face to get there. There is an innate human need for self-promotion, recognition and acknowledgement, and while we are the best promoters of ourselves, we have to remember to ask ourselves, “Where is this coming from?”
Often times, this comes from a place of insecurity, and while it is okay to acknowledge ourselves; there must be balance in the way we speak of ourselves. Secondly, there must be sincerity. It is okay to share when things are not going as planned; or when you didn’t get that promotion you were hoping for; or when troubles are hindering you from moving forward. Happiness is not defined by your current situation, yet is an outward attitude of expression toward your everyday challenges. We can choose to be happy, we can choose to be humble, and we can choose to be genuine about our everyday circumstances at the same time.
I challenge you to be open with those around you. We are so used to the formality of language. We are trained to respond with, “I’m doing great! Thanks!” when someone asks, “How are you doing?” and that is why we have to consciously choose to be genuine in our everyday interactions and communication with others.