What’s the tone of voice you hear that in? Accusatory? Congratulatory?
And when do you hear it? Is it when you’ve successfully finished a project? Avoided a negative emotional pattern? Helped a friend achieve a cherished goal?
Is it ever just for being who you are?
Is it possible to be proud of yourself without having to visit the Big Head Hat Shop? Can we be proud of ourselves without meeting the dirt face first?
Is it possible to keep learning even when we’re proud of ourselves?
I’m going to advocate on the side of healthy self-pride, which won’t trip you up or keep you from your next exciting learning adventure. And you can decide when and if you’re going hat shopping.
Enjoy strutting your special stuff!