At the event this weekend a few awesome people where not reaching their true potential because they feared what others would say / think. Here’s a post to help with that, as I know it’s a common trend…
Criticism is something we all struggle with at some point in our lives, it held me back for a few years when I was young and starting out. It can be especially difficult to deal with when we get criticized for pursuing activities/goals that are meant to improve our lives.
How often have you seen an overweight person in the gym getting snickered because “they don’t belong here” or a young entrepreneur with business ideas and dreams shut down by his parents and friends?
As wrong as it sounds, we all know it happens. But more often than not, it isn’t the people you don’t know who criticize you, it’s the people that you DO know.
Take the example of starting a fitness journey. People who know you will hopefully encourage you on at first, but as soon as your new routine goes against the prior expectations that people had set for you (such as missing a social function in order to fit in a workout or choosing not to drink on a night out with friends) you will start to catch criticism. The same applies for working hard, working at night or a second jobs etc etc.
Ultimately, this usually occurs from insecurity and jealous from the other people who are criticising you.
Now, you can choose to let this criticism get under your skin or can look at it objectively. If you are getting criticism, it’s likely because you are ACTUALLY DOING something with your life and it’s making those close to you feel self conscious about where they are in their lives.
So understand that if you are getting criticism, it’s a positive thing and should maybe help you seperate yourself from some of your not so good ‘friends’ or ‘peers’ that insist on holding you back (even if they don’t know they are doing it).
P.S. Pic from this weekend where I’m actually getting complimented, so don’t worry, he’s a cool guy 👍🤣