The Power of Positive Recognition is the second in the “Power of Appreciation” Series.
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How would you feel if you received an Olympic Gold Medal, a Grammy or an Oscar Award or any award that recognized your accomplishments? Would you feel a sense of pride and appreciation? Being acknowledged for a job well done is a basic human “want” and yet, many of us forget about the power of positive recognition.
I believe positive recognition and healthy self-esteem go hand-in-hand. When as the “giver” we recognize the greatness in others, we can also appreciate the greatness within ourselves. Positive recognition is a win-win for the receiver and the giver – both feel a sense of satisfaction.
Emotionally, positive recognition is a motivational boost for everyone involved. Awards, praise and recognition can create positive momentum and an excited desire to strive and achieve. When you recognize the best in others, you are setting a standard of excellence for the entire team. When you’ve been rewarded for a job well done, don’t you want to go out and do it again, and maybe even better?
How often do you recognize the good work, good deeds and positive effort of those around you? How often do you let team members know how much you appreciate their hard work? How often do you appreciate the good deeds of your family and friends?
I have a suggestion: Make recognition fun by not only recognizing the top performers but for other praise worthy qualities as well – extra effort, most improved, team cheerleader, going the extra mile, etc. Make your recognition public by presenting a ribbon, a pin, a plaque, a certificate, flowers, etc. The recognition “gift” doesn’t have to be elaborate but, it does have to be sincere and earned.
Recognition works equally well at home. A heart-felt thank you for washing the dishes, taking out the garbage or turning down the TV while you’re on the phone can work wonders for family morale.
Let me ask you this: Who will you recognize for a job well done within the next few days? Will you send a hand written note, make a call, shake their hand or have an awards ceremony? It is important to make quality time to give praise, show appreciation and acknowledge a job well done.
I guess Mary Kay Ash said it best when she said, “There are two things people want more than sex and money — recognition and praise.”
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