By the time I reached six I was surrounded by full size, cruel people, expecting me to keep my shoes tied (no Velcro back then), my shirt tucked in, food off my face, and dirt off my pants. At six, I had reached the point where I was expected to put into practice what I’d been taught.
The cruel truth
Everyone who has deeply invested in an organization, project, or person has felt under appreciated.
Why do you feel under-appreciated? Because no one understands the true amount of energy you’re expending for them. No one comprehends what you gave up to invest in their life, project, or organization. Your co-works, boss, spouse, and children can’t get inside you to understand and appreciate what goes into your efforts.
Be careful, feelings of under-appreciation can turn into self-defeating anger, self-pity, and bitterness..
Dealing with under-appreciation
#1 – Focus on giving appreciation not receiving it.
#2 – Work hard because of you not them.
#3 – Find a trusted friend who can hear your frustrations.
#4 – Express appreciation when you receive appreciation.
#5 – Don’t belittle your own work.
What strategies can you offer those feeling under appreciated?
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