The Knock Your Socks Off Power of Acknowledgment!

During a session last week on The Power of Acknowledgment at the Saba Centra Regional Users Group conference — the company that created the software for the virtual courses we teach at IIL — a woman named Debbie who works at a major pharmaceutical company rose to the occasion when all participants were asked to think of someone they truly need to acknowledge. Debbie thought of her daughter, who as a single mom is raising her own daughter, and doing what Debbie thinks is a great job of it. She pledged to deliver an acknowledgment to her daughter over the weekend and today “reported back” the following:

“When I saw her this weekend, I walked up to her and told her I had something to tell her. I told her that I realize how hard it was to be a single mom raising a child but that I was extremely proud of her. She then asked me why I was so proud of her. I told her that I felt she has raised her daughter with good morals and manners and it shows when Briana is around other people – especially out in public. Well, she almost started to cry and told me that she was very happy that I felt that way about her. My daughter Kris does not have a high level of self-esteem and I could tell from what I said, it made her feel better about herself. I think that I am going to go and buy a Hallmark card and send it to her so that she has it as a remembrance. Thank you for making me open my eyes and realizing that others need and want acknowledgement – just like me.”

Well Debbie, I fully acknowledge you for stepping up to the plate and identifying your daughter as someone who would greatly benefit from your heartfelt and authentic acknowledgment. Look at the wonderful result you have produced! The fact that you are also willing and committed to putting the acknowledgment into a form that Kris can revisit whenever her self-esteem feels low, is further evidence that you are committed to making a difference in the world. Thank you for letting this message in so deeply and with such conviction. Thank you for being willing to help repair the world, one person at a time, using the power of acknowledgment.