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Recognition, With or Without an Award

 

Pictured Above- Terry S., Okaloosa County 4-H Association President,  and Morgan S., Senior Horseman of the Year Award Winner.

Pictured Above- Terry S., Okaloosa County 4-H Association President, and Morgan S., Senior Horseman of the Year Award Winner.

Recognition is a very important part of life! People of all ages thrive on recognition of any kind.  It makes them feel good about themselves and helps build self esteem.  This doesn’t mean that every time someone does something GREAT that we throw a party and give them something.  Recognition can be something as simple as saying, “Great Job today on your presentation.  I could tell that topic meant a lot to you, and I really enjoyed it.”  It can absolutely make someone’s day to here that they did a fantastic job. 

Recognition is a big part of 4-H.  We recognize 4-H’ers for showing exceptional character, completing projects, and participation in events and competitions.  By recognizing one person, we are not putting others down.  We simply mean to pump everyone up so that they feel successful in what they have done.  It is very important to build kids up when they are young, so that they feel as if they can conquer the world. To be honest, if they set their minds to it, they can conquer the world! Florida 4-H is a program where kids can experience things they would normally never do, find new hobbies, make new friends, and gain self confidence.  We are here to help them realize that the sky is not the limit but that they can go so far above and beyond, and with a little extrinsic motivation, or recognition, they can reach their most exceptional dreams!

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Author: Haley Worley – hbworley@ufl.edu

Haley Worley

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