It is not the critic who counts:
not the one who points out
how the strong woman stumbles
or where the doer of deeds
could have done better.
The credit belongs to the woman
who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust
and sweat and blood,
who strives valiantly,
and comes up short
again and again,
because there is no effort
without error or shortcoming,
but who knows
the great enthusiasms,
the great devotions,
who spends herself
for a worthy cause;
who, at the best,
knows, in the end,
the triumph of high achievement,
and who, at the worst,
if she fails,
at least she fails
while daring greatly,
so that her place shall never be
with those cold and timid souls
who knew neither victory nor defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt (gender changed ;-)
Have you ever put yourself out there, felt the harsh sting of critical words, and thought ‘I’m not doing that again’?
Or had moments where, red-faced and tongue-tied, you wished the ground would swallow you up?
And for decades I avoided stepping in front of others to share my wisdom.
Seriously, it was my worst nightmare to speak in front of even a tiny group.
It would give me cold sweats and nights with zero winks of sleep.
Whether playground bullies, family members, teachers, authorities, co-workers or friends …
… we live in a world where criticism is used to control and suppress us.
Our brains are wired to remember negative feedback. That gives the critic a lot of power.
But I know it’s possible to change these stories and unfreeze our deeply-wired habits of hiding.
Watch this video training on Ditching the Critics so you can share the full voltage of who you are and make the difference your soul yearns to make.
In this training you will:
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