Aren’t there times in life you wish you could go back and give your all? I have plenty! Best example? Football! I never tried in football. I never learned the plays, did not push myself in practice, or anything else that would give me a shot of getting on the field on a Friday night. As a result, I never got any playing time and I’ll never truly know what it’s like to go out there on a Friday night, under the lights, and give my all on the field!
I could have been so much more and could have done so much more, but I let something stop me. Fear. Fear of Criticism to be more specific. Criticism from my coaches, my friends, and of course, my family.
Fear of criticism held me back from getting the most out of what could have been one of the greatest experiences of my life as a teenager.
As much as I’ve tried to avoid criticism, the fear of it does not go away, and honestly, neither do critics. Every time they pop up, I’m tempted to fear and retreat. But I refuse to let that continue in my life. And you need to as well!
Over the past few years, I’ve developed an attitude that refuses to give anything less than my best at everything I do. It’s been life changing. I no longer fear what people will say or think. It’s my life, I’m going to bring it, I’m going to enjoy it, and I’m going to do everything that God’s put in my heart to do. And I’ll let the critics watch in awe!
Don’t let fear of criticism rob you of what could be the greatest experiences of your life.
Live your life, give your all, do what’s in your heart, and don’t look back.
“It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or when the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worth cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt