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Highly Recommended by the Owner: Accepting Compliments

Written by: Nick Ortner

restaurant-owner-recommend2I was reading the other day about a restaurant with a sign outside it that read, “This restaurant is highly recommended by the owner”.  It made me chuckle. I love when people have a little fun with themselves and their customers, but it also made me think about the concept of “Standing Out.

You see, while I’m sure that sign was written in jest, the truth is, the owner DOES and SHOULD recommend his restaurant! All too often we are scared of making this type of statement, in fear of seeming egotistical or vain. And there’s no doubt there’s something to be said for that, but it feels like we swerve too far into the modest side of the equation.

How often has someone complimented you, and you brushed them off?  “Oh no, that was nothing…” or simply dropped your head and looked away.

So the big question is:

How can you find a balance between pride and humility?

How can you accept a compliment with grace and sincerity? And how can giving compliments happen just as freely as receiving? These are tough but important questions to consider. Check out the signs below for a few more chuckle-worthy restaurant signs. Then, try the Tapping exercise at the bottom of the page!

Chalk Sandwich board referencing Yelp review

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(You have to have seen the movie “Super troopers” to get this one!)

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Until next time…

Keep Tapping!

Nick Ortner

P.S.  If you have trouble accepting compliments, or sharing something you’re proud of for fear of being judged, here’s a simple exercise:

Imagine you’re doing the thing that is scaring you, so imagine someone giving you a compliment and feel the feelings in your body, feel the resistance that comes up, see how you would normally act, and simply tap through the points as you do this.  Over and over again, imagining what’s happening and tapping, imagining what’s happening and tapping.  Watch how the picture changes, pay attention to what else comes up, what other memories, ideas, feelings, and keep tapping until you feel at peace with the situation.

What you’ll often find, if you tap thoroughly enough, is that the vision actually changes, you can SEE yourself accepting the compliment without looking down.  You’ve clear the inner resistance, the future vision has changed, and then in real life, it too will change!

Try it now.  🙂

Nick is the CEO and founder of The Tapping Solution



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3 Comments on this post

  1. MarialMendez says:

    Thank you Nick. I will keep tapping on the concept of Standing Out
    Receive and give compliments from the very young people i work
    with.

  2. mary tolchin says:

    It’s great to wake up to laughter, honesty and an awareness of a personal response that feels “squirmy” and discover a way to clear it.

  3. Marie Sweetman says:

    The Tapping really does work; I had the best sleep in months last night after tapping on a very fearful issue with a dear friend of mine!
    Thank you and now I’m hooked……

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