Ep #304: Truth Series – The Unintended Impact of Compliments

I’m thrilled to share a brief yet impactful episode with you today. The topic we’ll delve into is the experience of receiving a compliment. While receiving praise might seem incredible on the surface, there could be an interesting, unintended side effect of that compliment that can possibly hinder you from being your true self. I’m not referring to compliments with hidden insults; I mean genuine, sincere compliments. Tune in to discover more about the power of truth-telling and how a seemingly positive compliment can have a negative impact. I’ve prepared some thought-provoking homework for you!


  • [0:21] Is a compliment always a compliment, or can it be something that allows us not to show up as our true self?
  • [2:21] I’ll share an example of how a compliment can prevent you from making decisions you want to make
  • [6:59] The example in my life is wanting to relax but always being complimented for being hardworking
  • [8:18] Our homework this week is to take inventory of what others compliment on and ask if that compliment holds us back from being our true self

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What You'll Learn From This Episode

  • Compliments are great and feel good to receive. However, we may not do what we want because we are pleasing someone.
  • Taking an inventory of ourselves regularly is a positive way to become your true self.
  • Seeking your truth is a lifelong endeavor—a little at a time. There is always something!

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I help creative women (and a few really progressive dudes) design profit-generating, soul-fulfilling businesses that let them own their schedule, upgrade their life and feel more alive than ever!

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