Appreciation -The most desired thingWho does not want appreciation? After all appreciation for our good work, either in the form of rewards or inspiring words like "Well done", "Awesome", make us feel motivated and gives us confidence. It is like an approval stamp from the public for our good work.
But there are some questions which we need to introspect and find an answer.
Do we always find appreciation for our good work?
No, sometimes due to huge competition and even better work done by others we might not get appreciation. Also at times, people may not understand our work to appreciate it. At times they do not want to appreciate and at times they are too busy to do so.
How hungry are we for receiving appreciation from people? Depends on the person to person I think. Some people are self-motivated and are not dependent on appreciation for their good work. On the other hand, there are people for whom appreciation is a prime thing while doing anything and at times their whole reason for doing something is to get appreciation.
Does not getting appreciation or awards/rewards sometimes demoralize us? Yes, people who are too hungry for appreciation get demoralized and sometimes stop their efforts if they are not appreciated for their great work.
Can receiving appreciation sometimes be harmful? Yes, sometimes people who want to pull you down shower false appreciation on you and make you fly in the air. They are called flatterers. Beware of such people! Judge your achievements with your common sense and see whether it deserves appreciation or not. Do not blindly rely on external appreciation to make you feel that you have done something good.
In nutshell, let appreciation be a by-product of doing a task and not the cause of doing it. Analyse and judge your work and results. Good work is a good work irrespective of being appreciated or not.
Lastly, be self-motivated and appreciate yourself.