Sure, it is nice to hear words of encouragement and compliments from others, but do you NEED it? What if you never ever again were to hear a compliment from another person, how would that affect you?
If you are placing a NEED you have in others to fulfill you are setting yourself up for failure. You can't count on others to give you what you need. You can only count on yourself. So give yourself what it is you need.
Do you need a compliment? Go look in the mirror and dish up the biggest compliment you can think! Do you have something you want to celebrate about yourself? Well, reach around and give yourself a pat on the back! Need some
encouragement? Give yourself a pep-talk like no other!
By giving yourself what you need you increase your feelings of value and worthiness. Increasing your self-worth raises your self-esteem. After all, self-esteem does not come from others, it comes from within.