Matthew 25:21 – His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
So you’ve been praying about an assignment, working your hardest to complete the task and provide the most accurate research.
You want to do well at your job so that you can be in line for a promotion. You work all day and into the evening thinking of nothing but your job. Finally, you’re done.
And to your great surprise, it mets your boss’ expectations. He even smiles at you. But what do you do?
No. You’re right back to square one thinking about the next assignment. That vision of your boss smiling at you spurns you on. Now, this may seem like a really good thing, and sometimes it is, but there can be serious consequences if you suffer from chronic pain. But, you don’t care about that right now. Well, maybe you don’t think of the consequences at all.
So you keep working all day and into the night the next day to try and get more praise from your boss. It’s a good sign of a hard worker to make sure you do everything to the best of your ability. However, if you’re not careful, your life will be only one assignment blended into the next one.
Your goal in this scenario is to please someone else. Is this to be your only goal? I’m not saying that we should be selfish and point the finger at ourselves and taunt our fellow coworkers about what “we” did.
I’m talking about a healthy acknowledgement that you did a good job, and it brought you pleasure to know you completed the task.
It’s okay to recognize your accomplishments and tell yourself that you did a good job. And it’s also okay to receive praise from others. It’s not always selfish. A healthy self-esteem can go a long way to carry you through difficult assignments at work and stressful situations in other areas of your life.
Inc.com posts the article, “3 Reasons Celebrating Your Many Accomplishments is Critical to Your Success,” describes how you can recognize what you’ve accomplished and benefits from doing so. An example is, “The act of celebrating changes your physiology by releasing endorphins inside your body and you feel incredible,” and, “Celebrating with colleagues and business partners tightens your network.”
Did you, also, know that God likes to acknowledge your accomplishments as well? Take a look at the Bible verse above. Here you read of God praising his servants by telling them that they did the job well done. So do it. Tell yourself that you did a good joy and remember it’s okay to receive praise from others as well.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.