The quality of our social recognition is also based around our disposition towards caring for others. Being selfless and putting the interests and needs of those around us above our own is how we come to be recognised as someone who lives to better the lives of others. How we prioritise the growth and development of others is integral to how we are perceived, and requires conscious and active effort in order to become reality.
Recognition also comes from the standard of our performance. Are we people who aspire to achieve and perform at the highest level in everything we do? Do we value and prioritise excellence in our work, relationships, and ambitions? Do we hold ourselves to this standard and take time to reflect when we don’t meet it? We need to do what we say we are going to do, rather than hope to impress people. Genuineness and perseverance are respected much more than promising too much, and making excuses subsequently. If we accept this and commit ourselves to a life of excellence, our reputation will grow in turn. We need to be ourselves, and have faith that if we are so that others will recognise our value and contributions naturally, rather than because we have engineered our actions for the purpose of credit and flattery.
When the time comes for us to hang up our hats, how will we be remembered? Our legacy will be the sum total of our social recognition: who we were, who we became, how we responded to our mistakes and times of adversity, and how we contributed to the lives of others.
We can contemplate our Social Recognition by considering the following questions:
- Are my integrity and values held in high regard?
- Is the reputation of the team, group, or organisation and regard for its achievements most important to me?
- Would I like to be remembered as someone of the highest standard for the quality of my work and contribution?
- Would I like to be remembered as someone who exercised and modelled respectful interpersonal relationships?
- Would others judge the arc of my career journey as worthy, accomplished, and impactful?