Promoting the Success of Others Shows Confidence
By Dagan Sharpe
My pastor shared a powerful truth recently. He asked what the opposite of praise was.
We might assume it is complaining. Yet he presented a pretty compelling case that it is, in fact, pride.
What keeps us from praising others? At its root, pride typically pulls us back from generously promoting others. After all, we like being the one promoted, and if we are busy promoting others, we might dilute getting the attention we desire, right?
Convicting? Thankfully, we can all do something about it — like being confident and humble enough to sincerely and genuinely promote others and sing their praises. We can reach a point of confidence and security within that we can freely give without any regard for what we get.
Let’s go share some praises and smash the pride. Humility and kindness are always refreshing gifts to spread around.
It has been said that the best way to promote your own career is to promote the careers of others. Yet how often is the opposite done? Tearing down others never helps anyone and rarely wins favor for the criticizer.
Seeking to give our best and be at our best includes how we treat others, and confidence, not arrogance, is always more appreciated and valued over negativity.
So, let’s be wise enough and confident enough to start a genuine and sincere promotion locomotion. Look for ways to celebrate others’ successes and promote their efforts.
It’s a rare gift we can give in today’s world and a refreshing change indeed to spread around.