Soon, if not already, many people will start planning how they are going to turn things around, make a difference, and make things better for 2016. If this is you, or someone you know I want to share two things that could be worth considering.
1) Failure is part of every success story. People who don’t take the risk of failing and never step out of their comfort zone grow very little, or not at all. The work that you do is almost always open for criticism and failure. Those who recognize failure is part of success will risk more and likely accomplish more.
2) Don’t change from criticism, change from success. Given enough opportunity and input there will always be someone who finds fault and disappointment with your work, your project, or even your style. The key is to focus on those who like and appreciate your efforts. Don’t do less of what is great about you in order to focus on someone’s negative critique.
So often people receive feedback and process the feedback by making changes in accordance with the dislikes they have received; to some small extent that may be ok. But, if you are really striving to become a better you, don’t change for the people who dislike your work, strive to do more of the work that people admire and appreciate. Build yourself up, not tear yourself down. If you sacrifice what is unique and great about you, you don’t build you, you build someone you’re not.
Of course in any line of work or job, you may have to change, adapt, or adjust in order to conform to quality and job standards, outside of that, learn to be more of you.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker, and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.