What happens when people truly reach our vision, “that all human beings discover their full potential?” When we discover our full potential and begin working toward it, we end up in this place called, “success.” For most, achieving success is everything we’ve ever dreamt of—however, it can come with an unexpected and unwelcome side effect. This ugly entity has a name. It is called, “The Critics.”
There are two types of criticism to surely confront you as you rise to ever higher levels of success; constructive criticism and personal criticism. The first will occur when a colleague, teacher, coach or mentor gives you their opinion, based from experience, to assist you in a situation. If you understand they have your best interest at heart, then you can use it as motivation to get back on track.
If you don’t understand the valuable role this insight can provide, then you will unconsciously thwart your ability to achieve your goals, dreams and desires—and never grow as a person.
The other criticism you’ll have to deal with is personal criticism. This can be easily avoided by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing. Mediocre people (the best of the worst, worst of the best and cream of the crap) play it safe and avoid criticism at all cost. Champions however, risk criticism every time they get on the court of life and play. The more you do, the more you accomplish—the more you’ll risk being criticized.
If you are successful, people will be critical and jealous of you. Don’t let that distract you from reaching your goal. It’s easy to criticize other people, but it’s hard to duplicate their efforts. Critics aren’t the leaders or doers in life. The leaders and doers in life are too busy with their own accomplishments to criticize.
Self-confidence is very important. It builds a foundation of courage that allows you to take the risks that make you better than average—and the more confidence you have in yourself, the less you’re bothered by the critics. When you reach your intended goal – be proud. You earned it and paid the price to get there; you worked harder, were more disciplined and sacrificed more than the others.
While success is something every human being wants, it creates an entirely new set of pressure and challenges, and not everyone handles this well. When you achieve great success, whether it is personally or collectively, there is always someone trying to take you down. Your ability to handle the pressure and constant challenges is the key to staying on top. Remember: With success comes an expectation level and standards that can’t be compromised.
When victory is achieved, the feeling can be overwhelming. It’s important to keep your common sense and be gracious. If you are part of a team, praise your opponents and your teammates. Never brag about yourself. Stand for something greater than you. Live it well and make a difference in the world. I know you’re strong enough to handle it.
Brett Penager, Chief Marketing Officer