I declare 2010 to be the Year of Meaningful Compliments.
What's a meaningful compliment? One that you take pride in - overtly or privately. One that acknowledges something towards which you've strived or a quality you've been cultivating.
Pick a step/goal on your journey or a quality you'd like to have known as part of your personal brand. Something you want; not something someone else has said you should desire/seek.
Live it. Breathe it. Enjoy it.
And this year, when someone compliments on you on it - perhaps not evening knowing how important it is to you - you'll have your first meaningful compliment of 2010.
Collect them. Cherish them. If I get just one this year, I'm going to grin about it for months!