Oh, the mind plays tricks on us and wreaks havoc with our success! The ego, the most self centered part of our mind, is often the cause of barriers, missed opportunities, and emotional turmoil.
We often give things way too much meaning. This is particularly true when it comes to criticism.
Kevin Eikenberry quotes one of my favorite books in his post called, Advice on Receiving Criticism from the Golden Book. The book he is referring to is How to Win Friends and Influence People. If you have never read this classic, don't watch another re-run on TV until you do.
Here is a slice of Kevin's post (which is a quote from the book):
Don't Worry About Criticism
1. Remember that unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment.
2. Do the very best you can.
3. Analyze your own mistakes and criticize yourself.
And if you really want to experience breakthroughs so wonderful, your brain cannot comprehend it, try this:
- Ask for criticism - thank people for their honesty.
- Embrace and invite opinions counter to your own.
- Ask people what might go wrong.
- Ask people to build on your idea and make it better - then rejoice when together you make it better!
Don't let your ego get in the way of your extreme success.