Acknowledgement Is The Best Motivator

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I was the program director the previous week in one of the public hospitals. The occasion was the service excellence awards where each department nominated the best performers, individuals and teams depending on the category. I was in a fortunate position from the front, able to see the faces and reactions of all the people. The event confirmed to me that being acknowledged affects people to their core more than we throw money at them.

Just the act of being called by name is so powerful. I saw teary eyes and people running out of words and failing to express themselves. On the other hand, I was positively touched by the level of appreciation demonstrated by those who were not called on stage. They celebrated with those who won.

This period of the year is when most South African organisations look back and acknowledge the star performers in their midst. Companies show their acknowledgement for the work well done or behaviour that represents the company’s values, by awarding  trophies, certificates, paid vacations and many other forms of recognition.

This made me relook the word, acknowledgement. The word is synonymous with the words, recognition, realisation, thanks, gratitude, commendation, credit, praise among others.

A question crossed my mind that as individuals how much time do we spend acknowledging ourselves or those around us?

We seem to have the natural tendency to be harsh and negative towards ourselves. We hardly see the best in us. We add so much value to our own lives however we hardly recognise that. A quote from Pinterest sums this: “people with low self-esteem are more likely to sabotage themselves when something good happens to them, because they don’t feel deserving”.

Acknowledging oneself is healthy and the best motivator that communicates self-love and self-appreciation. It is far from being selfish. It propels us to go forward and closer to our dreams.

I have created a habit of acknowledging myself daily for the good things that are happening in my life. With that, I started to realise my focus shifting more to positive things and people in my life. As you start doing that, you realise more and more that you are not an island. You start to acknowledge that good things happening in your life are not solely due to you. You have other people who put a smile on your face. They do not have to do big things like putting money in your bank.

Acknowledging minor acts like someone giving you the right of way in traffic is valuable. That simple act helps you to get to your destination quicker than you can imagine. Your wallet could have fallen in the hands of some hideous person, was it not for that individual who picked it and handed it to you and you still failed to say thank you.

Practice self-acknowledgement and acknowledging others daily and you will realise dramatic shifts in your life.

In the words of Dalai Lama, “the roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness”.

That goodness lies in you and in others
Acknowledge yourself daily for what you do for yourself and others.
Acknowledge what others are doing in your life.

Tex Hlalele
Think Big, Dream Wild & Prosper

Tex Hlalele is a life and business coach and inspirational speaker. He is the author of the book, Face The Person In The Mirror. Book coaching and speaking engagements by calling +27 64 6566174 or visit

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